10th District Convention ripples not subsided yet
Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) described Saturday’s 10th Congressional District Republican Convention as just the first round in a championship battle.
“People will be talking about this convention for years,” he said Tuesday. “We’re not going to forget the bloodshed.”
Longtime District Chairman Jim Rich survived a challenge to retain his position at the convention but his challenger, Heidi Stirrup, said she is considering filing a complaint with the state party because she said the convention was not conducted according to the party plan.
Stirrup blamed the current leadership for recent GOP losses in Loudoun County and elsewhere in the district. District voters rejected that assertion, with 61 percent supporting Rich’s reelection.
Stirrup pointed to procedural gaffes, arguing parliamentary procedure was not followed. Most alarmingly for Stirrup supporters was when Eve Barner asked to amend the convention’s credentials report to challenge the inclusion of delegates who had previously supported a Democrat or Sen. Russ Potts’ (R-27) run for governor as an Independent. The presiding chairman, to the dismay of Stirrup supporters, ruled that effort out of order. J. Warren Geurin, a Loudoun County School Board member who served as parliamentarian during the convention, said the state party plan trumps Robert’s Rules of Order, because it allows anyone to join the committee who pledges to support Republican candidates in the future.
“When [Barner] got into ‘I challenge so and so and so and so,’ at that moment the state party plan came into control,” Geurin said.
As the debate about party participation continued, some fuel may have been added to the fire. Delgaudio was taken slightly aback when the microphone was taken from Barner after her time had expired. The same thing happened to Stirrup. And Geurin talks of what he called a lack of “gentlemanly behavior” from Delgaudio and some Stirrup supporters. He said Delgaudio yelled at the presiding chairman, Jim Fisher, and the delegates to try and gain the floor.
OK, as I’ve previously written, I was at this convention. Allow me to offer a point up about this story. First and foremost, I will call anyone who claims that Eve Barner had the microphone taken away from her because her time ran out a flat-out liar. There was no indication that her time had expired, whatsoever. The mic was taken away because J. Warren Geurin didn’t like what she was proposing and decided the rest of us didn’t need to hear her out. In the middle of her motion, she was simply silenced in spite of having been recognized for the floor.
In short, Guerin and Rich are perfectly fine with your freedom of speech – as long as they agree with what you’re saying. After that… well, you just don’t get to speak.
I’ll reitterate what I’ve written on the matter here again: I don’t agree with the motion Barner was proposing and I would have voted it down. My issue is 100% with the conduct of the chairman and his goons in their actions at this convention. You won’t hear me say it often, so bookmark this one: Delgaudio is right. And in spite of my feelings about most of his methods, he had the right to speak and the chairman had no call to refuse to recognize him. The actions of Rich and the rest of them will simply split the party further, and I want to hear Rich’s excuses when we lose even more electoral ground in the next few years.
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