For more information about the situation, see THE EL PASO FIASCO.🔗
January 30, 2023
FYI, see email below attempting to avoid the mandate of the two week rule in the state GOP CC bylaws. To save you time, here’s the point.
The email admits the bylaws do not allow any controversy to be considered by the state GOP CC unless it was brought to the chair within two weeks of the events creating the controversy. There is no dispute about that. The email attempts to distract by pointing to someone’s statement (perhaps mine) that the controversy must be brought within two weeks before the CC considers it. That is a distraction and not the point.
The point is that the “indictment” contains numerous claims but does not say when the events occurred nor when they were brought to the CHAIR, not the CC. Without a showing that they were brought to the CHAIR within two weeks, according to the bylaws the controversy doesn’t exist.
That, fundamentally, is why the CC has no jurisdiction.
The cavalry is not coming. We are the cavalry.
Thanks for the free trial to Communism. I’d like to cancel now.
(typpos by Appplle)
This email is First Class
-------- Original message --------
Date: 1/30/23 12:24 AM (GMT-07:00)
Subject: What the CRC bylaws actually require...
Dear State Central Committee Members,
You may have recently received communication from the Save Colorado Project, an organization backing Vickie Tonkins. Instead of addressing the substance of the accusations regarding El Paso, the Save Colorado Project is trying to distract you, the members of the SCC, with incorrect information about the Colorado GOP CRC bylaws.
We'd like to clear it up.
They want you to now believe there is a controversy over the word controversy, in order to now claim the conflict in El Paso is not chaotic enough for the SCC to hear it.
If the El Paso County conflict is not chaotic enough to be a controversy, then what would meet that standard? Keep in mind, the accusations made by Pikes Peak United Republicans includes threats to arrest or shoot Republican volunteers who try to solve issues in the county.
The Save Colorado Project is also attempting to claim that every controversy that comes before the SCC must be heard within 14 days of the alleged incident. They also want you to believe county-level options must be exhausted first before the SCC hears the matter.
While we heartily agree that it is good for anyone involved in a controversy to exhaust local county-level options first, the allegations of a 14-day deadline for an SCC meeting to occur caught our attention.
This would mean that the complainants had to:
1.) Exhaust all options at the county level
2.) File with the SCC
3.) Have a call for a special meeting with the SCC issued
4.) Hold the special meeting.
All within 14 days, from the moment of the alleged incident to the holding of a special SCC hearing.
The bylaws of the Colorado GOP do not require a nearly impossible 14-day deadline for an SCC meeting as claimed by the Save Colorado Project.
Let’s walk it through.
Save Colorado Project made this claim about the Colorado GOP bylaws:
“The obvious answer lies in Article XV D. of the state CC bylaws. That provision contains the two-week rule that circumscribes the state CC’s exercise of authority under C.R.S. sec. 1-3-106. It prohibits any controversy from being considered by the state CC if it is not brought to the state CC within two weeks after the underlying events occurred. The “indictment” does not provide information about when the alleged events occurred, let alone in relation to when they were brought to the attention of the state chair.”
That is not what the Colorado GOP CRC Bylaws require.
Check for yourself: Colorado GOP CRC Bylaws🔗 (The section below starts at the top of page 19)
“Article XV: Controversies”
“Section D. Procedure. A controversy must be submitted to the CRC Chairman within two weeks of the meeting in which the controversy arose, or if the controversy did not occur at a meeting, within two weeks of the reasonably determined state of the controversy. If no controversy is submitted by the two-week period deadline, any controversy or points of order regarding the controversy expire. In the event a controversy is appealed to the Executive Committee or CRC, the State Chairman may call a Special Meeting. The call may be made electronically and shall be sent no less than 3 days before the Special Meeting. The Special Meeting may be held electronically. Each party to the controversy may send materials to the Executive Committee or CRC members. The quorum for this Special Meeting shall be the members present. Proxies shall not be allowed. The only agenda item permitted at this Special Meeting shall be the determination of the controversy.”
This section of the Colorado GOP Bylaws appears to indicate that while the matter must be brought to the state chair's attention within 2 weeks, it does not give any deadline for it to also go before the SCC within 2 weeks.
Despite that, the Save Colorado Project makes this claim about this very bylaw above:
“It prohibits any controversy from being considered by the state CC if it is not brought to the state CC within two weeks after the underlying events occurred.”
This is simply untrue.
They are providing provably false information about the bylaws to attempt to claim a standard that would mean almost every single controversy that the SCC has ruled upon, for years, would have been out of bounds. Years of rulings, years of people presenting their cases, the SCC carefully weighing out matters, and years of votes being held would all be out of bounds. They want you to believe that they alone have somehow figured out some combination of words that disenfranchise hundreds of voters and volunteers, county party officers, and SCC members.
All while they do not address the substance of the accusations… because they don't want you to address the substance of the accusations either.
They want you to close your eyes and look away while every single county, every single Republican candidate running for office, continues to be harmed by the chaos, division, and yes, controversy, coming out El Paso County.
While the voters of Colorado do not look away, the Save Colorado Project wants YOU to look the other way.
We, the members of the SCC, must have the courage to deal with the substance of the accusations made by Pikes Peak United Republicans against the chairwoman of the El Paso County GOP.
Call to Action:
1.) Register to attend the Zoom Meeting scheduled for next Tuesday at 7 pm.
2.) Reject calls to adjourn the meeting without a vote on a neutral party running the El Paso re-org election.
3.) Hear out both sides as they present their case.
4.) Watch the clock yourself to see that there will be equal time for both sides.
5.) Cast your secret ballot in favor of an end to threats, fear, and physical intimidation in party election processes by affirming the motion for a neutral party to run the El Paso re-org election while Vickie Tonkins is chair.
Stand with us as true American Patriots that will bring hope, help, law & order to our party and our communities.
Republicans for Good Governance