In an effort to dodge another public relations nightmare, the Missouri Republican Party has announced it will allow recording devices when it tries once more to hold a caucus in St. Charles County. The first caucus, you may remember, was stopped midway through it, and was marred by the arrest of a Ron Paul supporter.
The following news release was issued this morning by the Missouri Republican Party.
The Missouri Republican Party announced today that it is calling a St. Charles County Caucus after an earlier attempt ended amidst controversy last Saturday.
“Since Saturday, we have reviewed our options to determine the best way to move forward while ensuring that the voice of St Charles has been heard. We have concluded that the only proper remedy for this situation is to schedule a new St Charles County Caucus,” said David Cole, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. “I want to make it clear to the people of St Charles County that we will conduct this caucus in a fair, honest, and transparent manner.”
By all accounts, the St Charles County volunteers were outstanding and registration was very organized, but unfortunately, last Saturday’s meeting didn’t get to a point where delegates were chosen. In light of this, the State Party has the authority to call a new caucus, and we have chosen to do just that.
The St. Charles County Caucus will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the St Charles County Convention Center. David Cole, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, will serve as the temporary chairman for this caucus, and the MOGOP general counsel will serve as the parliamentarian. Recording devices will be permitted.
As with any other caucus, it will be open to any registered voter in St Charles County who is willing to declare that he or she is a Republican.
“As we have made clear over the past week, we are committed to ensuring that the voice of St Charles County is fully represented throughout the process—all the way to the national convention,” said Cole.