(press release from the 6th District Grass Roots Conservatives)
At the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee (SCC) meeting held in Richmond on Saturday, September 19th, the appeal filed by Mr. Craig Storrs against the 6th District Committee was dismissed by way of a motion to postpone indefinitely.
The original two-part appeal, one of which focused on an improper proxy vote, and the other on a motion to reserve $30,000 for a legal defense regarding two complaints filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) against the Committee, was first heard by the District on July 5th. At that time the Committee granted the appeal concerning the improper proxy and rectified the improper proxy vote but also denied the appeal against setting aside funds to pay for legal defense.
Members of the SCC were troubled when they realized that the appeal before them had been radically altered from the appeal that was presented to the 6th District Committee on July 5th. They were further troubled when they learned that the Sixth District had granted the appeal concerning the proxy and provided an equitable remedy. The appeal that Mr. Storrs filed with the SCC did not mention that. Instead, the appeal to the SCC had been reworked since the original granting of the proxy appeal did not produce the desired outcome for the appellant. And an additional area of appeal that had never been brought before the District Committee was also introduced.
According to published SCC policies, any appeal heard at the district level must not contain new information when brought to the SCC and must indicate that the decision of the District Committee was not reasonable.
Many SCC members agreed that the District Committee had properly handled the appeal. Others, though interested in the issues involved, did not want to make the primary determination on an appeal that had never been properly brought before the District Committee. As a result the SCC voted to “postpone indefinitely” consideration of the appeal. Robert’s Rules of Order defines “postpone indefinitely” as “a motion that the assembly decline to take a position on the main question. It’s adoption kills the main motion and avoids a direct vote on the question.” Several paragraphs later Robert’s adds that it “is in effect an indirect rejection of the main motion.”
The SCC action on Saturday allows the District Committee to continue to administer and pay for its defense against the spurious and politically motivated charges made to the FEC against the Committee.
“This decision by the governing body of the Republican Party of Virginia affirms the important work that the Sixth District Committee is doing to defend itself from these politically motivated complaints,” said Carrie Thompson, one of the Sixth District’s SCC representatives. “We look forward to a thorough, complete, and final adjudication of these complaints, so that the Sixth District Committee can completely and fully dedicate itself to electing Republicans to office in Virginia.”