Late Friday afternoon the State Committee of the Oklahoma Republican Party was given options to deal with the major failure of the departing chairman, Pam Pollard.
AJ Ferate indicated that the cleanest option might be if the convention delegates pretend that deadlines were kept, then they don't have to vote to suspend their own bylaws, while they vote to erase bylaws.
I asked if the cleanest option wasn't to lay over the amendment proposals til next year's convention? He said that's also an option.
Pollard and Ferate spent several minutes making their appeal, but would not allow the State Committee members to debate on either side of the issue. A simple vote was taken and the Chair got her way.
Convention delegates will think that the State Committee was okay with allowing 12 amendments to the party rules to be put on the agenda and thus up for a vote.
The reality is that the delegates may be the only ones who will actually have open debate about a violation of our party bylaws.
If anyone thinks the parliamentarian is encouraging honesty or integrity, We certainly heard from State Committee members who are less convinced.
We were able to get Ferate to concede that precedent is clear in how these mistakes are handled. Pollard made a mistake like this 3 years ago, and that amendment proposal was laid over until the next convention and made "first order of business" at the 2017 convention agenda. It passed easily.
Expect fireworks on Saturday, at the state GOP Convention...