Here is the latest message from 97th LDC Chairman, Tom Miller:
â€œIâ€™ve spent many years attending Republican conventions. Iâ€™ve chaired a lot of mass meetings. Iâ€™ve been on the Rules Committee at many state conventions you have probably been to. Iâ€™ve been to lots of primaries and a few rallies, too. I can tell the difference. If anyone is confused today, youâ€™re at the 97th District House Republican Convention.â€ â€“ Senator David Suetterlein (R-Roanoke County), Keynote Address, 4 May 2019.
weighted vote of 87% to 13%, the 97th House Republican Legislative District
Committee today rescinded and revoked the Call for the June 1 Party Canvass.
With that action, the Canvass (or firehouse primary) scheduled for Saturday is
That vote was one of eight motions, all approved by weighted votes of 87% to 13%, approved by the 97th LDC at its meeting in Mechanicsville this morning. In addition to cancelling the Canvass, the Committee passed motions to:
- Take up the Appeal of Scott Wyatt for consideration;
- Uphold the Appeal and find in favor of the Appellant, Scott Wyatt;
- Acknowledge and accept the May 20 decision of the 1st Congressional District Republican Committee, and take whatever actions necessary to comply;
- Disband the Committee on Arrangements for the June 1 Canvass;
- Disavow any expenses incurred as a result of the June 1 Canvass;
- Affirm that Scott Wyatt is the Republican nominee for Delegate in the 97th District; and
- Cancel the LDC meeting originally set for June 5.
At our last meeting on May 18, we heard the Appeal of Scott Wyatt. However, a majority at that meeting voted to delay consideration of the Appeal until June 5 â€“ after the Canvass. The Appeal, however, specifically referenced cancelling the Canvass as a requested remedy. According to Robertâ€™s Rules, â€œNeither the motion to Postpone to a Certain Time nor any amendment to it is in order if the effect would be the same as that of a motion to Postpone Indefinitely â€“ that is, if it would kill the measure.â€
Obviously, a motion to delay hearing an appeal that â€“ if upheld â€“ would cancel the Canvass until after the Canvass was conducted would effectively kill the appeal.
At its May 20 meeting, the 1st Congressional District Committee â€“ by a vote of 17 to 5 â€“ agreed.Â Ultimately, they voted to uphold the Appeal of Scott Wyatt, to cancel the Canvass, and to affirm the May 4 Convention.
As of this morningâ€™s meeting, the 97th LDC and the 1st Congressional District Committee are now in agreement: the May 4 Convention was valid, Scott Wyatt is our nominee for Delegate, and Saturdayâ€™s Canvass is cancelled.
The Executive Committee of the State Central Committee, which is empowered by Article III, Section E.1.b. of the Party Plan to â€œact for the State Central Committee when the latter is not in session,â€ will be meeting this evening to discuss â€œmatters related to the selection of a nominee in the 97th House of Delegates district and related Party actions.â€ It is my hope they will affirm the judgment of the 1st Congressional District Committee.
I will alert you to further developments as soon as I know them.
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