This email was sent to all precinct chairs in Tulsa County. It should be an interesting meeting on Thursday night.
Dear Tulsa County Precinct Officers:
You ought to be aware that the validity of Precinct 456’s recent precinct meeting has been called into question and legal counsel for the County Party is prepared to present an argument to that effect as well as an appeal on behalf of the affected members to the County Executive Committee for its consideration (a vote) this Thursday, February 26th.
Invalidating this precinct’s biennial meeting would effectively disenfranchise people who were elected as delegates from Precinct 456 thus affecting the precinct’s representation at the upcoming County Convention. I don’t believe that this is an issue that is appropriate for the Executive Committee, which is simply an advisory body, to determine at all. The opinion that this invalidation would be legitimate if the Executive Committee rules it so can only be reached by convoluting one’s understanding of the rules in such a way that errs on the side of shutting out participation in violation of one of the most foundational tenets of the Republican Party (see Rule 3(a) below).
I believe that if the validity of Precinct 456’s meeting is in question, then it should be taken up with the Credentials Committee where issues like this belong, not tried before the Executive Committee. It is the Credentials Committee that is charged with the duty of resolving any disputes of eligibility, not the Executive Committee.
It is important to understand the composition of the County Executive Committee as you consider its advisory role. It includes the County Chair and Vice Chair, 50 individuals selected by the Chair and Vice Chair, a state representative and a state senator, and 4 individuals who are elected at the County Convention (2 State Committee Members and 2 District Committee Members). I am on the Executive Committee because I was elected as a State Committee Member two years ago at the last County Convention.
In the interest of transparency and accountability, I am letting you know about this open meeting assuming that you would want to observe the actions of the Executive Committee especially since we are being asked to consider whether or not to disenfranchise fellow members of the Party. I am sure that your presence will be welcomed at this meeting because the Republican Party is all about transparency and accountability.
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 26th
from 6:45 to 8:45
Auditorium of Martin Regional Library
2601 S. Garnett Rd., Tulsa.
State Committee Member
Rule 3(a) of the GOP State Party Rules:
Members: All citizens of Oklahoma are invited to join the Oklahoma Republican Party to perpetuate this Republic. All qualified voters of this state who are registered Republicans are members of the Oklahoma Republican Party, and shall have the right to participate in the official affairs and governance of the Republican Party in accordance with these rules as set forth herein. Such right shall be sacred and inviolate, and the willful disregard or abridgment of such right by an officer or member of any committee of the Party shall be deemed sufficient cause for the removal of such officer or committee member.
Rule 5(b) Authority and Duties: The Precinct Committee is the supreme Republican Party authority of each precinct, subject to these rules, and the direction and control of official precinct meetings. The Precinct Committee of each precinct is charged with the duty of promoting the welfare and directing the affairs of the Republican Party in its precinct. The Precinct Chairman shall be the executive officer of the precinct delegates to any county convention. The Precinct Chairman is not disqualified to be elected or appointed as a delegate pursuant to these rules. Only the Precinct Committee has the authority to remove any duly elected qualified delegate to the county convention.
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