Attendees of Saturdays Republican Caucus in St. Charles County MO, quickly got a sense that county GOP leaders were planning some shady business when they were told upon entry (before any rules were voted on) to turn off their cameras or be hauled to jail by one of the five police agencies who were standing by.
Fears were confirmed when caucus business began in complete violation of Robert’s Rules of Order.Once the countyChairman recognized that the Ron Paul contingency had a clear majority, he immediately began an effort to shut them out.Members were not recognized to speak, and points of order and calls for a counted vote were completely ignored.The body predictably became very upset. Perhaps out of fear of the now very riled crowd, the meeting was adjourned improperly without conducting any business.
One man attempted to save the caucus by following Robert’s Rules and reconvening the meeting legally in another area of the property.While peacefully attempting to organize a legitimate caucus, Brent Stafford was arrested and charged with trespass after the county chairman called the police.Stafford is a current serving member of the St. Charles County Republican Central Committee.
Here is Brent’s interview on the Jamie Allman radio show 97.1 FM.
Video of Stafford's arrest:
The GOP needs to take a careful look at how they treat Ron Paul supporters.They should look at the gymnasiums packed to the rafters with dedicated, knowledgeable energetic crowds and ask themselves, do we really want to shut the door on these people?Can we win a general election without them?