The rigging of the state convention and how we should fight it
I was a delegate to the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention. This is not a summary of what all the distinguished speakers said but rather about how a few members of the establishment leadership forced their will on somewhat uninformed delegates.
The convention started Friday afternoon. Those of us who are not members of the establishment assumed, correctly, that they would have some rules that would make it next to impossible for the convention delegates to express their support for anyone other than the establishment’s 33 chosen delegates to the GOP national convention in Cleveland, i.e., the so called “Chairman’s slate.”
We found buried in the rules, Rule11, C, was a sentence that made it next to impossible to have an alternative slate because it could not have any delegate candidate on its slate that was also on the chairman’s slate.
Of course they did show us the chairman’s slate until shortly before the vote. How could one come up with an alternative slate without violating the rules if you do not know who is on the chairman’s slate?
Therefore Ted Hicks and I moved and seconded that this sentence be stricken or removed from the rules.
We both explained that, with this rule in place, virtually all North Carolina convention delegates would not have any say in who would go to the GOP national convention because no one could come up with an alternative slate until we knew who was on the chairman’s slate.
Our preliminary estimate was that we had the majority vote to get this common sense amendment passed, but then a delegate requested to see if a quorum was present.