from “RNC Elects Martinez as Head”
By Ralph Z. Hallow
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
January 20, 2007
Mr. Haugland told The Times afterward: “They didn’t follow the rules or the opinion of the independent certified parliamentarian. The breach of rules continues.”
Mr. Martinez was elected in a voice vote, instead of the secret ballot that opponents had sought.
Before yesterday’s vote, North Dakota RNC member Curly Haugland, one of the opponents of creating a general chairmanship, offered the written opinion of an accredited professional parliamentarian that the move violated RNC rules. The rules governing the RNC, adopted at the 2004 Republican National Convention, call only for an elected chairman and co-chairman.
The wheels came off Mr. Haugland’s drive to use Roberts Rules of Parliamentary Procedure and the RNC’s own rules to have a secret ballot on the creation of a general chairman when Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, the newly elected day-to-day RNC chairman, quickly called for a voice vote.
Was there a conspiracy to take over the RNC involving President Bush, Senator Mel Martinez, Ken Mehlman, Robert M. Duncan, or others? Did this violate federal law?
Are all funds spent by Martinez or the conspirators illegal spending, for which they are personally liable?
Equitable Relief Sought from civil or criminal actions:
1. Remove Martinez from his position at RNC.
2. Remove those involved.
3. Those involved, incuding President George W. Bush, Senator Mel Martinez, and others would be expelled from the Republican Party. This might include everyone who voted for Martinez in the voice vote.
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