The Republican 11th District Committee met last night to consider Julie Lucas’ appeal of Tom Kopko’s decision, and the appeal was denied not on the basis of any arguments made for or against the appeal, but because Julie hadn’t obtained an additional twenty-five signatures to support it — a requirement not found anywhere in the Republican Party Plan. If you can’t defeat the arguments in a brief, apparently the Party can invent new procedural rules that weren’t followed because they hadn’t previously existed. How’s that for “Republican values”, folks?
Incredibly, one person on the committee also argued that the allowed time period for an appeal begins when a decision is signed, not when that decision is made available to the appellant. Under that basis, if there’s a thirty day window to make a filing, it would be acceptable for someone to sign a decision, hold it for twenty-nine days, eleven hours and fifty-nine minutes, and then deliver it to the appellant, leaving them with all of sixty seconds to craft their appeal of that decision and file it. Welcome to the law of the jungle.
How anyone can have any confidence in the integrity of the candidate nomination process within the Republican Party at this point is beyond me. This is a process that in fact is all about delivering pre-determined results rather than allowing Republicans to participate in a fair and unbiased means of selecting their nominees.
When these elections are behind us, we have some serious housekeeping to do.
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