Members of Iowa’s delegation to the Republican National Convention received an email from the delegation chair and co-chair Friday. Constitution Daily was forwarded the email and here it is for you to read.
We have vacancies in our delegation.
Rule No. 17 of the Republican Party (as adopted by the 2004 Republican National Convention)for the 2008 Republican National Convention permits the delegates to fill the vacancies.
We propose the following names to fill vacancies:
Gopal T.K. Krishna to fill the vacancy created by Morris Hurd, a At-Large Delegate.
John Bloom to fill the vacancy created by Carmen Reitsma, a At-Large Alternate to Morris Hurd.
Paula Dierenfeld to fill the vacancy created by Larry Smith, a At-Large Alternate to Carmen Boal, a At-Large Delegate.
Morris Hurd to fill the vacancy created by Scott Spray, a At-Large Alternate to Loras Schulte,a At-Large Delegate.
All delegates are free to nominate any other person or persons to fill the vacancies. If you nominate any person to fill any vacancy, please make sure that that person will attend the 2008 Republican National Convention and have a place to stay if that person is elected to fill the vacancy.
If the majority of the delegates concur with the proposed names, it will be considered that the delegation agreed to fill the vacancies with the proposed names.
If the majority of the delegates do no concur with the proposed names, we will conduct an election among all the nominees on August 28, 2008.
Please reply to the above email address (xxxxxxxxxx) by stating that you either concur to fill the vacancies with the proposed names or with your nomination(s) before 1:00 P.M. on August 24, 2008.
We will inform results of all responses to all of you on August 25, 2008.
Thank you for your time and cooperation.
Chair of the Delegation
Co-Chair of the Delegation
Immediately alarm bells began going off across the state, emails began flying, and dust we hoped was settled is stirred as though a cyclone struck. And we have to ask, what was Scheffler thinking? First of all, you need a flowchart and PhD in organizational communications to unravel the delegate and alternate swapping outlined in the email.
But here’s the bottom line. Gopal Krishna was removed from the slate presented by the nominating committee at the state convention by a solid majority of the delegates. (I don’t want to get into a debate on the appropriateness of that effort – it happened and we live with the outcome.) Knowing that, Scheffler and Roderer are rubbing salt in a wound barely beginning to heal by inserting him here. Hence, I declare this action stuck on stupid.
It would be my assumption there will need to be an election on August 28 as the email spells out. Anything else will serve to deepen the rift rather than unite the Republican Party in Iowa which is what our new National Committeeman has said he hopes to do.
This isn't about right v left or conservative v moderate. This is simply right v wrong. And this time, Steve Scheffler and Dave Roderer got it wrong.