By Chris Ingram
Word on the street is, Republican Party of Florida Grand Poobah Jim Greer is working hard to get authorization for the state and national party to legally circumvent what voters think is the democratic process of electing the party’s nominees. To most, that means a free and fair election without official party interference.
But just because you think the GOP stands for fairness and democracy doesn’t mean it actually does.
In fact, the Grand (very) Old Party actually codifies Stalinistic tactics in its national party rules. These are the rules semi-sober conventioneers vote for without ever actually reading them. They are usually written by people like, well, the aforementioned Greer.
Rule 11 of the Republican National Committee reads (in part):
RULE NO. 11
(a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office.
What this means in plain English is, is that if the three members of the RNC from Florida (Chairman Greer, National Committeeman Paul Senft, and National Committeewoman Sharon Day) all agree to support Charlie Crist in his campaign for the U.S. Senate, then the party can spend, promote, advance, and otherwise help old Too Tan Charlie to its hearts content. And while wrong, it is perfectly legal.
According to Irreverent View’s reliable sources, Greer has already secured Senft’s support while Sharon Day remains committed to the ideals of free, fair, and democratic elections.
If you’re not peeved at this, you should be. Three people in the state of Flori-duh can now basically decide who gets the U.S. Senate nod. The invoking of this rule will make the Primary Election all but a show.
Tell Jim Greer, Charlie Crist, and the rest of their backroom cronies enough is enough and that you want free and fair elections. You can call Jim Greer at 850.222.7920. Tell him the Irreverent View sent you.
Chris Ingram is CEO and partner of Strategic Solutions of Florida a political consulting company. He is also the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.