Skip to comments.Cheating charges abound at 'conscience of the GOP' confab
Posted on 04/19/2011 12:45:19 PM PDT by SmithL
Allegations of fraud and vote fixing. Courts intervening in the election process. A call to police as officials convene behind closed doors to determine who is eligible to cast a vote.
Sounds like the makings of a political thriller. But that's what unfolded at an Arden-area hotel over the weekend as political infighting (and maybe some real fighting) spiced up what could have been a drab weekend of bylaw amendments and officer elections at the California Republican Assembly's spring convention.
Divisions at the conservative group -- which bills itself as the "conscience of the Republican party" -- emerged amid conservative activist Karen England's challenge to incumbent CRA President Celeste Greig. Both sides of the fight agree that cheating charges stemming from a series of contested officer races resulted in delegates from across the state getting the boot. How many delegates were disqualified and why they were stripped of their voting rights is the subject of a heated debate.
In the end, Greig emerged from the scuffle victorious, winning re-election to a two-year term. Despite much debate over who could participate in the elections, consensus on the final results was lacking. England, who was not allowed to attend the session, said the tally was 165-119. Greig thought the margin was closer to 169-101, though she added that she was "very nervous" during the vote and had not written down the results.
It's also unknown how many members are represented by the organization and its leadership. CRA is generally considered the largest Republican organization in the state outside the California Republican Party, and Greig estimated the CRA has "a few thousand" members statewide. But she acknowledged she has "no idea because it's a secret."
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Huh? What does this dust-up at the CRA have to do with that?