The Republican State Central Committee has voted to have an unassembled state convention on August 15. The following motion passed by a vote of 45 to 20.
An amendment (g) was added that RPV would pay the districts for any costs incurred during the unassembled convention.
The committee voted on an assembled convention amendment with the option of voting electronically for those who do not want to assemble for health reasons. Some members of the committee, including the Honorable Willie Deutsch, said we should stand up to King Ralph and have an assembled convention. SCC member Cable Cruey said Bristol speedway could provide the space we need for an assembled convention and we need to stand up for our rights to assemble. Amendment failed.
Prior to the voting, Chairman Jack Wilson said the reports and rumors saying the party is broke are completely false. “Cash is on hand is solid going into the November election”. He called for a closed session at the end of the State Central Meeting to discuss party finances.
Nancy Dye, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee to recommend methods for this year’s state convention, discussed the fairness of her committee. Her committee studied three options for the state convention, assembled, unassembled, and virtual methods. Everything her committee did was open and transparent. All candidates were allowed to watch, although not speak, at the committee’s meetings. There was no secrecy and no candidate was favored. The consulting firm of Stratpoli provided the committee a presentation on the feasibility of an assembled convention at the Richmond Convention center. The Ad Hoc Committee voted unanimous for an unassembled convention. Their motion appears above.