Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I'm mad as HELL and I'm not going to take it any more! this immortal line from the 70's movie 'Network' describes what I'm feeling right now. Prior to my kangaroo court trial at the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, I was constrained from speaking my mind about the seamy underside of what is going on inside the Party. Now that State Party Chairman Jim Greer has decided that prior legal notification from the State of Florida Department of Elections is IRRELEVANT I'm going to lay it out so all can see what the Party is coming to.

Let me explain. About a month ago I was made privy to secret plans from the Republican Party of Florida. It was hard for me to believe what I was hearing on a confidential conference call conducted by RPOF. I heard executive's from Tallahassee telling state chairpersons from around the state to use the new Party Loyalty Oath as a way to keep Ron Paul Republicans from playing a role in the party. RPOF had heard that supporters of Republican Congressman Ron Paul had decided to try and become active in the state Party hierarchy. The mere fact that they had supported Congressman Paul's failed presidential bid was enough to alarm the ruling elite of the Party.

I can't reveal how I get passwords, telephone numbers, and copy's of secret forms distributed by the RPOF, but suffice to say, we have friends in high places. Further evidence of what lengths the Party leadership would go was displayed by telling the state chairpersons that State Chairman Greer had changed the rules unilaterally and had these rules written into Florida Statute Law. Even some of the County Chairpersons were surprised at this secret move, since the very rules were not able to gain a majority of the votes at the February meeting.

But Chairman Greer knew that the election of new County Precinct Committee Persons was coming up fast so he instructed his legal department to send instructions to the Florida Department of Elections on How the REPUBLICAN PARTY wanted this particular election to be run. Never mind that the FDE had run these elections for decades; this time the RPOF wanted to dictate how the elections would be RUN and who would WIN.

Note also that the Loyalty Oath form was not readily available, except to those favored by the sitting County Chairpersons and those chosen to receive it by RPOF. Hence providing the RPOF and the local county chairs the enviable position of choosing who and who could not oppose them for election. Both the RPOF executive board and their County Republican Executive Boards were themselves up for reelection made up of new and old elected precinct committee people (a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house, or should I say the fox was now given permission to go into the hen house and ERADICATE all the unpopular chickens).

These instructions (or should I call them ORDERS??) were NOT warmly received by Donald L. Palmer, Director of the Florida Division of Elections (see the two latest files for copies of the secret memorandums http://ronpaul.meetup.com/184/files/ Mr. Palmer told the RPOF that they would be the sole decider of who could run for Precinct Committee Persons, not the RPOF. Obviously the State of Florida suspected that RPOF was trying to rig a public election that the county Supervisor of Elections office was responsible for.

I and many others were convinced that this was the end of the new secret loyalty oath. But the RPOF has now thrown down the gauntlet to both newcomers to the County Republican Party's, the local Supervisor of Elections, and to the State of Florida itself. The RPOF even goes so far as to call the Florida Division of Elections and the County Supervisor of Elections merely "vendor" to the party and has no jurisdiction relating to a person's qualification to hold party office as it relates to the Party Loyalty Oath." This is an exact quote from their response to the Florida Division of Elections! They are in effect saying that we will pick and choose who you can place on the ballot for election. If this was truly a private party it may well be the case. But the RPOF is actually a statutory entity who's rules must conform to generally recognized forms of free elections. Else why would the Florida Division of Elections say that they WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THE NEW LOYALTY OATH!

I and others are exploring legal action and injunctive relief to stop the vote rigging and strong-arm tactics of the RPOF. I hope that you will join me in signing up during the next FOUR DAYS of events found in our calendar here http://ronpaul.meetup.com/184/calendar/ If you have already signed up great! But we need every last person to sign-up. Then join us in telling the leadership of the Republican Party that we're MAD AS HELL about them trying to keep themselves elected for life!

Nick Egoroff
Orlando Ron Paul Meetup Organizer

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