For the original story see “Corruption in Georgia“
Here is an updated analysis from Frankie Brown
- Delegates of the convention attempted to nominate people from the floor yet were summarily ignored without vote by the chairman.
- The Athens Clarke County precinct delegates were disenfranchised (by Matt Brewster, Chairman) and the county convention was closed without majority and without the proper respect to the procedural process as outlined in our party rules and Robert’s Rules of Order.
- The initial “all in favor” request did not give a chance for the “ayes” and the “nays” to have a separate chance to vote. Instead, the chairman called for both “ayes” and “nays” to be voiced at the same time.
- The count of the “ayes” versus the “nays” was inaccurate. According to our count, 25 of the 37 people in attendance were Ron Paul supporters, and did not vote “aye” when a voice vote was called for.
- Not one of the certified delegates in our group received a letter of notification, nor did we have access to any type of delegate list. The credentialing committee stated that all precinct delegates were credentialed, but there is no way to know if errors occurred or names were omitted because they refused to provide the list.
- Local GOP Chairman Matt Brewster refused to allow us to see a list of certified delegates, despite the fact that it was requested prior to the convention on several different occasions by various potential delegates. On video, Mr. Brewster admits that he was told to withhold the list by Rick Richardson due to privacy concerns. When asked to elaborate or to show a rule stating that we could not have access, Mr. Brewster stated that he was told to withhold the list by State GOP official Rick Richardson, and that we should contact Mr. Richardson if we had any questions. We asked for the list so that we could verify credentials and offered to sit down with Mr. Brewster, who initially said this was not a problem, but later failed to return emails and
The events detailed above are disturbing, not only because of the number of violations, but also due to the fact that convention participants knew they were being recorded (there was a camera set-up on a tripod) and continued to break rules with seemingly no fear. This bold behavior is indicative of individuals acting with the belief that they will be shielded from recourse by a higher authority within Georgia Republican party. This, in fact, may be the case; when we called the State Republican Party to ask how to properly file a formal complaint, we spoke to Mr. Rick Richardson, the individual who instructed Matt Brewster to violate a rule.