OKGOP Chair, Pam Pollard published a press statement on social media and other outlets, yesterday.
It was a clear statement distancing the OKGOP State Committee from the statements of the Canadian County GOP.
But in doing so, she usurped the authority she clearly does not have.
The State Committee is scheduled to meet this Saturday, in Oklahoma City. That Committee is the supreme permanent authority of the state party whenever the party is not in a state convention. It is a body of around 300 members from every county and congressional district. Elected Republicans also serve on this committee.
The behavior is clearly out of line and should be called into question by the committee members, this weekend.
It is the sincere hope of many grassroots party volunteers that their party leadership exemplify the clear rules of the party, or step aside when they no longer can.
The rules of the party are clear and few. The State chair is not to act as a dictator, and certainly not a hypocritical and inconsistent one.
The state Committee will issue a clear position where they have some consensus. Otherwise they will not issue a statement. The Canadian County Committee at least has some clear consensus and adherence to a vision of what the GOP stands for.
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