Two Arrested At G.O.P. Caucus in St. Peters

updated at 4:30pm on 3/17/12 to add Missouri GOP statement

ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOX) –Things got ugly at the Republican Party caucus in St. Charles County, Saturday morning.

St. Peters police say they had to break up the proceedings at Francis Howell North High School after several in the crowd of 2500 became verbally aggressive, disputing a “no videotaping” restriction.

Two men were arrested on trespassing charges.

Police say 45-year-old Brent Stafford of O’Fallon, Mo. and 55-year-old Kenneth Suitter of St. Charles County ignored repeated warnings to leave the scene.

The chair of the Missouri Republican Party, David Cole, released this written statement after being briefed on the St. Charles County incident:

Across Missouri, record numbers of Republicans turned out at their local caucuses in a show of support for the Republican candidates for president. Given the importance of this election cycle, we understand that emotions run high, but it is important that these caucuses are conducted in a fair, open, and honest manner.  Today’s events in St Charles were unfortunate—and the meeting was adjourned to protect the safety of all participants. Moving forward, the State Party plans to reach out to all parties involved.  We will come to an agreement to ensure that St Charles County is fully represented throughout the nominating process.”

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