More information comes to light....
September 7, 2022 By Breeauna Sagdal
A new recording has surfaced from the August 27, 2022
Central Committee Meeting, where state GOP leaders discuss the termination of voting rights for certain party members
(0:00-1:16) The defeat of the substitute motion (by Anne Beal) has been just been confirmed and discussion returns to the
Marilyn Oakes restates the original motion, but there seems to be some confusion over the actual wording of the original
motion and some discussion occurs away from the microphone in regard to that.
1:16- 1:31 - Dan Lederman takes the microphone and says they will re-state the original motion so everyone can hear it.
1:31- 2:00- "To direct the Bylaws committee to explore options to set election times for PCPs to allow time for
training and familiarization prior to the convention, and then the report will be brought back [from the Bylaws
committee] by the winter meeting."
2:00- 2:50 - Mary Fitzgerald (elected rep from Lawrence County) states that she would like to amend the current motion,
and she is then asked how she wants to amend it, and is asked to go to the microphone so that everyone present can
actually hear what she is saying. There is also cross-talk from someone (possibly Fitzgerald) about just having the Bylaws
committee look into the duties of a precinct committee person and make recommendations to the executive board prior to
the winter meeting.
2:50 - 3:20 - At this juncture, Mary Fitzgerald is heard to say:
"They [newly elected precinct people] want to participate in our county meetings, they want to try to take
control of our convention, take control of our county [central committees], and I think it's really important that we
have people who work hard and are rewarded by actually doing things. And now we have these people who
come in and go to the convention and vote and we never see them again... until maybe when we have a county
election and they try to take over [in] a coup and take over our central committee."
3:20 -3:40- She goes on to say "I know that [the suggestion for an amendment to the motion] it's really vague, so maybe
someone else can change it or whatever. So vote it up or vote it down, whatever..."
3:45- 4:15 - There is some unintelligible discussion, and then a remark is made that Fitzgerald's motion to amend
requires a second, and the motion to amend is seconded by Roger Meyer.
4:15-5:15 - Dan Lederman takes the microphone to say that he'll repeat what was suggested. "The motion (to amend)
is to direct the Bylaws committee to rewrite precinct committee (PC) duties, responsibilities, privileges, and
timing of service (timing of term) and come to the state central committee winter meeting with a proposal for
5:45- 7:10 - The "friendly" amendment proposed by Fitzgerald and seconded by Meyer is approved on a voice vote, and
Lederman then makes an off-handed remark about the "Word Salad" they're creating. There is some small talk and
discussion about giving Marilyn Oakes [secretary] time to catch up with the meeting notes in regard to the current
7:10 - 8:10 - Marilyn restates what is being proposed in terms of a friendly amendment to the original motion.
Lederman remarks that they are now back to discussing the original motion as currently amended.
8:15- 9:35 Jefferey Church takes the microphone to suggest that they direst the Bylaws committee to explore options for removing Precinct People
who do not participate in their county duties (as yet undefined) . Someone in the
group suggests that should actually be made as its own separate motion. Church then retracts his motion and says he'll
bring it after the current motion is voted upon.
9:50 -11:35 Charlie Hoffman of McPherson County (District 23 representative) takes the microphone and says:
"The inside baseball everyone needs to be aware of. We're at a pinnacle in this party where we can't allow
disenfranchised people [to sever] the party statewide. If we don't do something- this is a very important meeting-
and the meeting in January will be of utmost importance for this reason"
"I know for a FACT there will be legislation brought that will GUT our conference [convention], GUT our summer
celebrations, that will do things to this party that we don't like... and there isn't much we're gonna be able do
about it... [except] maybe get the Governor on our side to veto it."
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
"But there's a lot of power pushing back against the things that happened at convention. Now just to say this,
because I've got the microphone and I won't speak again- My thoughts of the previous [proposal] is there has to
be skin in the game for you to be able to vote at convention and here [central committee].
All of us have skin in the game, okay? The constitutional offices... when you come to a convention and you've
done your homework and you want to be the best Secretary of State, or the best Treasurer, the best Auditor, or
the best School and Public Lands Commissioner- that's fantastic- you're running for a position-not so much
running against someone else.
"BUT...when you come to our convention, and you run against the Lt. Governor... you are not running to be the
best Lt. Governor, you're running to SPITE the governor. There is no way in hell".... (Scattered applause from
11:40-12:45 Hoffman continues his remarks- "I was at both last conventions where there were two people running to
'take out the Lt. Governor.' Now here's the deal... think about this: We all think we have the expertise and knowledge to
elect the best person in our party to be the governor of this state, and whoever that is, that person ends up being the most
powerful political person in the state.
"Yet by convention we don't think that person has the audacity, intelligence or drive to pick their own Lt. Governor. Let's
have a discussion on that [the Lt. Governor nominating process], leave the [other] constitutional offices alone. That gets
the grass-roots [involved], we don't want to screw up the grassroots in this.
We're moving in the right direction- I'm not sure we can go all the way to 105 [seats in the legislature] - if it happens, that's
fantastic...[then] all the constitutional offices are all held by us- let's keep that preserved.
"Let's work on making sure we don't get some Nut Bags
from the other party - especially in the PUC (Public Utility
Commissioner) race. But otherwise, that's all I've got. Thank you very much for your time." (end of Hoffman remarks)
(applause from some of the meeting attendees)
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