From William J. Kelly…
OPERATION CRITICAL: ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN CONVENTION UPDATE
CHICAGO, IL – Appointed members of the platform and resolutions committee voted down 11-7 a resolution for direct elections Friday, thus denying Illinois Republican convention delegates the the right to vote for the measure.
Direct elections would have restored the right of Republican primary voters to vote for their own party leadership – something voters had for over a century until party bosses engineered a change to the election code in the 1980s.
Party bosses also voted to “recommend” incumbent Rich Williamson for National Committeeman, despite that Williamson was scolded for his ineffectiveness by committee members. Observing delegates were not allowed to ask questions.
Meanwhile, another candidate, Alexander “Sandy” Stuart admitted his contributions to Planned Parenthood and that a relative is Chairman of the Chicago office of the controversial clinics.
He also admitted he has been Finance Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party since December 2011, when mass contributions from controversial donors to Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel began appearing on Republican election reports, most reported two months after state law requirements.
The committee’s “recommendation” means that delegates to Saturday’s convention will not even be given a choice of other candidates for the post.
William J. Kelly, candidate for National Committeeman, berated the committee members and the Illinois GOP for its hypocrisy:
“Why even invite delegates to the convention if you are not going to let them vote for anything? Or pre-select a candidate for them? Or deny them the right to vote for direct elections? Why even have delegates? Why call them delegates – why not call them observers?” scolded Kelly.
“And why has the party denied so many Illinois Republicans the opportunity to become delegates?”
Scores of Republican voters are complaining that they were denied the right to become delegates to the Illinois GOP Convention.
Kelly turned to his two opponents a number of times during his speech, calling on them to let delegates have a choice.
“I’m calling on my two opponents to agree. Sandy and Rich, are you willing to let all three names go to the delegates and let the people decide?”
With delegates looking on, Williamson was silent and Stuart mumbled that the “committee should decide.”
Activists are calling on attendees to vote “no” to the recommendation on Rich Williamson and force the Illinois GOP to give delegates a choice for National Committeeman and to call for the right to have a floor vote on “direct elections.”
The “vote” takes place Saturday afternoon – a rubber stamp formality to what party bosses have already decided.
Will conservative delegates succeed in demanding a floor vote? Stay tuned.