JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — The Missouri Republican Party announced Friday that it is calling another St. Charles County Caucus after an earlier attempt ended amidst controversy.
The second St. Charles County Caucus will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the St Charles County Convention Center.
The March 17 caucus at a high school gym in St. Peters turned chaotic and adjourned without selecting delegates for Missouri’s congressional district conventions in April and the state GOP convention in June. Some of the crowd was upset by rules imposed by county Republican leaders, including a ban on audio and video equipment.
Supporters of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney also were upset about county GOP chairman Eugene Dokes’ decision to recognize only one nomination for caucus chairman. Two Paul supporters were arrested for trespassing when they were allegedly told to leave but refused to do so. One of them tried to reconvene the caucus outside.
“Since Saturday, we have reviewed our options to determine the best way to move forward while ensuring that the voice of St Charles has been heard. We have concluded that the only proper remedy for this situation is to schedule a new St Charles County Caucus,” said David Cole, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party.
“I want to make it clear to the people of St Charles County that we will conduct this caucus in a fair, honest, and transparent manner.”
Cole, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, will serve as the temporary chairman for this caucus, and the MOGOP general counsel will serve as the parliamentarian.
Recording devices will be permitted.
As with any other caucus, it will be open to any registered voter in St Charles County who is willing to declare that he or she is a Republican.
The congressional district caucuses and statewide convention will select most of the 52 Missouri delegates to the Republican National Convention, and caucus-goers are free to make their own selections.
Cole said he favors a return to a binding primary for 2016 and he anticipates that leaders of both parties will consider a primary.
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