Delegate Michele McQuigg, who is now running for Clerk of the Court, has asked me to post the following in regards to her role in the 51st District Convention. For those of you concerned about what happened there, the following sheds some light on what happened behind the scenes:
There seems to be confusion about my role in the 51st District Convention.
Mike May and I co-chaired the Credentials Committee not the Elections Committee. We had nothing to do with the actual voting.
The Credentials Committee was the only committee that had co-chairmen as well as 2 people from each campaign—an even number of members. The details were immense. Everything was checked and rechecked. The committee met 27 hours in less than 2 weeks. Everything the committee did was in pairs—a representative from each campaign worked together on everything we did. When the copies of the forms were made, there was a representative from each campaign at each copier—the campaign representative for the forms being copied put them in the copier in case the machine jammed and destroyed the original. The list of delegates was reviewed and rechecked several times. The packets with name tags and lists were put together and reviewed by a team with a member from each campaign.
On the day of the convention, 20 check-in tables were set up with a member from each campaign at each station. Once check-in closed, each check-in team counted the number of people they signed in by precinct, filled out a report and both signed it. Then members of the committee—again one from each campaign—reviewed it and picked up the packets. The co-chairman separately totaled the numbers from each tally sheet.
My only involvement was with the Credentials Committee. The Elections Committee was in charge of the election and was chaired by Ruth Griggs (Lucas supporter) and had 2 members from each campaign. After voting was closed, Ruth requested Credentials to come in to meet with the Elections Committee to ask a few administrative questions. Once that was done, we were asked to leave. That was the only activity we (Credentials) had with elections.
Why didn’t I immediately comply with Julie’s request for copies of the check-in sheets made late Sunday after the convention? I didn’t know what the process was at that point and who was supposed to have the records and who and how the copies were to be made. There were no RPV guidelines and there were no agreed upon guidelines. The Credentials Committee operated in pairs—one person from each campaign. Until or unless both sides agreed with what to do with the information and the process to follow, then I needed a legal opinion from RPV as to what to do. RPV was slow…Finally, both sides agreed to give it to the convention chairman – not the 51st district chairman who had a business relationship with one campaign nor the 11th district chairman who had a business relationship with the other campaign. On the evening of agreement, I gave the records to the convention chairman, who made copies and gave them to each campaign.
And thank you, Delegate McQuigg. This sort of open and honest discussion will do a lot to resolve concerns that continue to linger, and point out where we can improve the process of nominating candidates by convention, should we ever decide to do so again. This debacle deserves a full and open accounting. I just wish there were more folks who recognize the need to engage the party membership in this process, as the credibility of whatever result comes from this will be significantly improved by the transparency of the review process.
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