“One month, two months, three months, four… We’re not waiting anymore!”
On a cool Friday afternoon four months ago, members of Campaign for Liberty exposed the Delaware GOP Chairman allowing party rules to be illegally changed to give Delaware state legislators voting rights on that party’s State Executive Committee.
The details can be found in an email from State Coordinator Eric Boye (forwarded below).
It was a huge establishment power grab, further diminishing grassroots influence in that political party –- and it was done ILLEGALLY.
The following Wednesday, that GOP Chairman resigned.
Since then, our members were assured the decision to strike the illegal rule changes from the convention record would be taken up and resolved.
Nelly Jordan, labeled by many as a true grassroots party member, had previously won the Vice-Chair seat, and she pushed the issue for the 60 days she served as Interim Chair.
She was ignored.
On July 20th, 2013, a new GOP Chairman, Charlie Copeland, took over the duties of that leadership position.
Chairman Copeland stated one of his top priorities was to usher in more transparency and foster better involvement from the grassroots.
Almost two months have gone by and — guess what?
The illegal rule changes have still not been stricken from the record.
In fact, in spite of numerous inquiries from our members on this critical party power grab issue, there has been complete silence.
If newly-elected GOP Vice-Chair, Nelly Jordan — the first Hispanic person to hold the Vice-Chair position in the State of Delaware AND the first Hispanic and first female to ever serve as Chair –- has been ignored for almost four months…
…there is only one option left.
We have no choice but to turn up the heat again.
Please call the Delaware GOP State Headquarters today at 302-668-1954; then call or email the following committee members:
Demand the Delaware GOP State Executive Committee respect the will of the voters and release a formal statement acknowledging both proposals were illegal and void, and NO RULE CHANGES will result from the 2013 Delaware GOP Convention.
Demand they strike the illegal proposals from the 2013 GOP Convention records.
And tell the new GOP Chairman Charlie Copeland, “NO ILLEGAL RULE CHANGES!”
New Castle County Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty
P.S. Our members are no longer accepting the status quo from their respective political parties. The grassroots citizens can no longer be ignored.
Help us turn up the heat by contacting the list of committee members above. Tell the Delaware GOP Executive Committee and their new Chairman Charlie Copeland, “NO ILLEGAL RULE CHANGES!”
— Forwarded message from <[email protected]> on 5/24/2013 —
We do not support one political party over another. We even support your right not to belong to any political party. So please keep this in mind as you read this email.
The 2013 Republican Party of Delaware Convention was a partial success for the liberty movement, and I will share those details with you in a future email.
But right now, I need your help to stop an attempted coup from the party establishment.
Delaware Republican Chairman John Sigler has just proven his disdain for the grassroots, the GOP platform, and anything resembling the rules.
Chairman Sigler used a trick right out of the dirty playbook and tried to pass illegal resolutions at the GOP State Convention on April 27th. And we only have until Monday to stop the new rules from taking effect.
While Campaign for Liberty is a non-partisan organization, many of our members have become personally involved in the GOP, as they attempt to transform the political landscape in their own backyards.
And many of our members — many of whom are lifelong members of the GOP — were present at that convention.
Resolutions to change party rules were brought to the floor at the convention without warning and without the 30-day advanced notice that is required for such rule changes.
Our members were able to join with others to defeat the first illegal proposed rule change that would eliminate the standard proceeding of electing a temporary Chairman for the start of each convention.
But the establishment passed a second illegal resolution giving the top two state politicians of the party new voting powers on the State Executive Committee.
This action by John Sigler is disenfranchising grassroots voices in Delaware, and we can’t allow that to stand unchallenged.
The resolutions for proposed rule changes were brought to the floor illegally and, according to the rules, are INVALID.
As Chairman, John Sigler freely violated Party rules by allowing these resolutions to be brought to the floor and trying to hastily move them through voting procedures.
Article VIII, Section 3 of the Delaware GOP Rules clearly states,
“Proposed amendments shall be prepared in th[e] appropriate form by the Rules Committee for presentation to the Organizational Convention. The report of the Rules Committee and those proposed amendments by such committee shall be sent to the Convention District Chairpersons at least thirty (30) days in advance of the Organizational Convention.”
Unfortunately for the establishment, that never happened.
In fact, one of the Convention District Chairpersons has confirmed a report of the proposed changes did not end up in his possession until ONE DAY before the convention.
Please call the Delaware GOP State Headquarters today at 302-668-1954 and email the following committee members:
Vice-Chair Nelly Jordan
National Committeeman Laird Stabler
National Committeewoman Ellen Barosse
New Castle County Committee Chair John Rollins
Demand the committee respect the will of the voters and release a formal statement acknowledging both proposals were illegal and void, and NO RULE CHANGES will result from the 2013 Delaware GOP Convention.
Demand the illegal proposals be stricken from the GOP Convention records.
Tell them, “NO ILLEGAL RULE CHANGES!”
Delaware State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty
P.S. Please help me stop the outrageous abuse of power perpetrated by John Sigler and other committee members. Call the Delaware GOP State headquarters today at 302-668-1954 and email the committee at the email addresses noted above.
Demand the committee respect the will of the voters, strike all 2013 Rules Committee proposals and resolution votes from the record, and make NO CHANGES to the Delaware GOP rules and by-laws from this year’s GOP State Convention.
Be sure to contact Delaware’s Republican Chairman, John Sigler, right now! Tell him, “No illegal rule changes!”