11th District GOP Conventionon May 16th, 2012 at 1:30 PM
Updating the previous post. Red NoVA has learned more about the rule change in the 11th District GOP Convention. Before the FCRC meeting began last night the members broke off into congressional districts to discuss the upcoming conventions. Sheets of rules were circulated which in passing mentioned that there would be a plurality vote for all races. It curiously did not highlight it as a change from the majority vote which was decided months ago. Questions were asked. The explanation for the rule change was that the discussion and vote for a majority vote should never have been on the call because the decision can’t be decided at the district committee level; it’s for the temporary rules committee to decide, which is consistent with RPV Counsel’s ruling. Several people in the meeting told me that once the call goes out to the public, printed on paper, then it’s legally binding. The damage is that procedural info as significant as this could have persuaded or dissuaded a candidate from seeking any one of these offices, but this argument is weak. The competing viewpoints cast an interesting difference, but if the temporary rules committee reigns supreme then why bother with the call in the first place is because there are certain things that are binding to the convention that can be decided in the call such as pre-filing requirements. So this is and isn’t so sticky.
The strange thing about all of this is why so late? The majority vote proposal was made months ago. There seems to have been plenty of time to correct any errors and alert the public. Why not let everyone know that the decision for how the vote would be decided, no small thing, has not been finalized. Nobody likes changing the rules after the game begins, it’s just not cool, and making last minute changes, the convention is this Saturday, is even less likeable. But this isn’t really a rule change because the proposed rules from the call are just proposed rules. If you are running for one of these offices then you should know this, but the public should know this too. These rules are for everyone, candidates and voting delegates. Delegates don’t know this stuff. This kind of confusion only turns off the mildly involved. So the real damage is that right there; we could lose supporters and volunteers over these perceived games.
But all of this is not a done deal until the convention begins. The final say is on the convention floor, so amendments can be presented and voted on, but it may not be worthwhile for or appealing to a majority to vote for staying longer.
We’ll leave it to the audience to speculate who benefits from this most. This will make the convention much shorter, so the delegates on the convention floor will probably be ok with it. One ballot means you can still get to the kids baseball game, so expect the plurality vote to stand.
This post was updated at 2:50pm 5-16-12.