Chaos, Rick Beltram, LaDonna Ryggs
After spending approximately 45 minutes explaining the convention process, defending himself against allegations made by Upstate Update, all the while campaigning (I am honestly amazed to see how he does this), Rick Beltram ran into a brick wall when 76+ people stopped an effort that would allow him to add nominees to the state convention ballot.
We have since learned that adding nominees to the State Convention ballot appears to be allowed (we are still waiting for final clarification).
I decided to take a further look to see if the process used tonight was even valid. After browsing some Robert’s Rules of Order, I discovered that a motion to suspend rules to have a vote requires 2/3 vote of the executive committee. I’m still validating, but I believe state rules or party rules over rule this to read 50%. Either way, rules not expressly designated are to bound by Robert’s Rules. We would like to point out a few things that went wrong.
- The meeting was never properly called to order
- A roll call was never taken to determine if a quorum was present to conduct business
- The quorum would have to be based on the 88 precincts organized in 2007
- The newly reorganized precincts do not have a voice until the county convention
- Votes to suspend the rules must be done via roll call vote
This is just a quick synopsis, we don’t know how many other rules apply to this.
Although there was not a properly organized meeting, some individuals in the crowd raised a few of these points and after three rounds of voting on a table motion, order began to be restored. The vote synopsis is below:
- Voice vote to table the motion passed, Beltram decided to have hand vote because it was hard to determine.
- Tried to do a vote via hand count which was counted improperly.
- Final head count vote the tabled the motion 76-24
So now I am left in a precarious position, who do I support? There are arguments that LaDonna Ryggs should be attending these meetings and debating Rick Beltram. She attended the meeting last night at West View B but not the executive committee meeting tonight. There are also allegations that Ryggs failed her duties as executive committeeman in the re-organization process.
Among the many arguments against Beltram, new arguments are being raised concerning whether or not he is following the rules.
We would like to ask you:
With seven (7) days remaining until county convention, leave a comment and let us know who you are supporting.