Clarifying the Chaos
As we told you last night, we would be digging a little deeper to find out what should have happened and what was legal and what was not.
In my initial research after the meeting, it appeared that the process of allowing people to pay the $10 to be placed on the state delegate ballot was completely legal. I was able to confirm today that my research last night was correct.
The only thing that would prevent the addition of these individuals would be a deadline that was put in place for the printing of ballots, which Spartanburg currently does not do for state delegates.
When we spoke with a few parliamentarian specialists, we discovered that Beltram never had to ask the permission of the Executive Committee to add these delegates. Beltram essentially granted authority to the committee which has no authority over that matter.
I would be willing to say that the days of what would appear to be a head nodding committee is gone. That’s just my observation though.
For those in attendance last night, I would say we are all a little antsy and we all need to continue reading our Robert’s Rules of Order.
So moving forward, I hope Beltram will publicly recognize his errors just like I have mine. I am not going to get my hopes up though, it appears he’s already pinning it solely on the majority.
Rick Beltram e-mail 9:16pm on April 1, 2009
The procedure that the majority voted last night (to table additional nominees as state delegates was NOT correct procedure).