Well they sure showed their reverence for the constitution by not abiding by the existing party rules this weekend. They claim to revere the constitution but show no respect for anyone or anything else. Why should a bunch of people who have never previously participated in party organization be given preferential treatement compared with those who have been active for years doing all sorts of tasks for the party. I regularly go to Nuces County Republican Club meetings, and I have never seen any of Ron Paul people at any of these monthly meetings.
Many of them have never been to a county convention before, and they weren't familiar with all the rules. They tried to imply that the county Chair stacked the delegations with people who never showed up to the caucuses, but it was never required to go to the caucuses. All that was required was voting in the Republican primary and informing the election judges or party officials about one's desire to be a delegate. I don't think any precinct was restricted by the 15:1 quotas. There were enough available delegate positions in my precinct to allow every single person attending the county caucus plus everyone else who expressed an interest to be a delegate if he or she wanted. Of the 15 caucus attendees and maybe three other persons expressing an interest, only 8 showed up at the county convention. There were many precints with just one delegate. I think the precincts with the most delegates showing up had 14 or 15.
While you are correct that attendance at a precinct convention is not required to become a delegate to the county convention, the Rules of the Republican Party and the Texas Election Code clearly state that delegates elected to the county convention must be approved by a majority vote AT the precinct convention.
The point of order was being called for because delegates were added to the precinct delegate lists that were NOT approved by a MAJORITY at the precinct convention.
So, who is REALLY the one not abiding by the existing party rules?
“All that was required was voting in the Republican primary and informing the election judges or party officials about one’s desire to be a delegate.”
Wrong again, Paleo. Get your facts straight. To become a delegate at the precinct convention one needed to have voted in the primary election and either attended the precinct convention or have submitted their name to be ELECTED as a delegate at the precinct convention. Once the precinct convention adjourns NO one may be added as delegates.
Texas Election Code 174.021
“The delegates to a political party’s county conventions held under this chapter shall be selected in accordance with party rules AT precinct conventions held as provided by this subchapter.”
Any lawyer could tell you that “AT” is the key word here. Once this precinct conventions were over (adjourned) NO ONE has the authority to add delegates.