GOP DISSIDENT GROUP FILES STATE CHARGES AGAINST LOCAL PARTY OFFICIALS--ASKS FOR SANCTIONS---EXCLUSION FROM STATE CONVENTION
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX. A group of Republican delegates to the Nueces County Republican Convention held March 4, 2008 have announced that they have filed formal complaints with the Texas State Republican Organization charging Nueces County Republican Chairman Mike Bertuzzi, Credentials Committee Chairman Arden Kendall Peterson, and other local party officials with violations of the Texas Election Code and state party rules.
The dissident group charges in complaints filed in Austin with party officials that State law and party rules require that delegates be elected. Non-elected delegates, including the Chairman of the Credentials Committee himself, were illegally placed in numerous precinct delegations at the county convention. They further claim that they were refused access to records of precinct convention proceedings that would have disclosed the names of legally elected delegates--also in violation of the election code which states that these records are public information.
When protesting delegates were ejected, the 40 member group left the county convention presided over by Mr. Bertuzzi and held a rump convention at which they elected delegates to the State GOP Convention to be held in June. They are asking that Chairman Bertuzzi and Peterson be sanctioned for violations of the Election Code and that only those delegates elected at the rump convention be seated at the state convention.
Group spokesperson, Kay Fischer, said, " Mike Bertuzzi takes the position that party officials can appoint anyone of their choosing and thus they have destroyed the validity of their convention by 'stuffing' it with un-elected voting persons".
A presentation of events at the Nueces County Convention has been placed on the Internet and can be seen by members of the public by typing "Nueces County Republican Convention" into the search feature at youtube.com or at the following url:
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