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Your Opinion: GOP caucus participant expresses displeasure #2

Your Opinion: GOP caucus participant expresses displeasure #2

March 21st, 2012 by Mary Miranda, Lohman in News

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my extreme disappointment with the Republican caucus process as it played out in Cole County on Saturday. I am a lifelong Republican, but this was my first (and hopefully, last!) experience at a caucus as opposed to a primary.

It was obvious to me that some exclusive group of Republicans with "connections" got together ahead of the caucus, drew up an entire slate of delegates and alternates who were to be voted up or down as a bloc with "yea" or "nay," none of whom were introduced to us and none of whom was required to give any indication of which candidate they would support at the convention.

We were not privy to the process by which this pre-selected group of delegates was chosen, nor to information about who chose them or why. It was quite obvious that all those voting for the pre-formed delegate list were conspicuously wearing "Romney" stickers. Is this the Republican establishment at its finest?

According to a story in the News Tribune on Sunday, Callaway County actually allowed delegates to be nominated at the caucus and those candidates were able to make their case before a vote was taken. What a concept!

Those of us who tried to slow things down and at least attempt to put together an alternative list of delegates were mocked for not being familiar with the rules (which were very hard to find online) and, remarkably, there were only 30 printed copies available for 273 voters in attendance! It was a complete failure for all who value the rights of each registered voter to have a voice in the election process.

To the Republican Party of Missouri, we must bring back the primary! Or do you prefer to have the upper hand in a carefully contrived caucus?