By Eric Shierman
Does what happened at the Oregon Republican Party (ORP) district conventions reflect the kind of party we can be proud to identify with? Signs that we would eventually have to even ask this question began to emerge even before these conventions convened. Allen Alley and those near him were making the rounds suggesting that too many PCPs planned to vote for a different set of people than his notion of who deserved to go to Tampa. Rumors were spread that a caucus of PCPs intended to cause chaos. Jeff Smith, has revealed what Team Alley planned to do about it: “Reports of delay tactics used in other states to manipulate the process there made us think they could happen here and a published deadline should limit any such effort by making it pointless.” This is corroborated by a July 3rd letter where Alley describes a “preparation meeting,” and he reminds his friends that in this select group they all “came to the conclusion that the Convention would in fact adjourn at 5:00 p.m.”
The Congressional District ConventionS (CDC) were held on June 23, 2012. We’ve waited over a month and the results are in – well to be honest, I’m not sure what the official results are. You see, the ORP Chair, Allen Alley, has decided to keep the results from us, the delegates to the Republican National Convention and the party. But with painstaking and tedious work from many Precinct Committeepersons (PCP) around the state, we’ve been able to compile most of the results.
How did we do it? Observers were able to take photographic images of the tally sheets in most of the CDCs, and since we have video of all of the CDCs, we were able to record the numbers from the announcements on the floor – those that actually announced the results, anyway.
Unfortunately, we were not perfect in our efforts; CD-2 “liaison” (I still can’t find where the Party Rules give the Chair authority to create this position) to Allen Alley, Jordan Conger, denied the observers, David West and Thad Gala, from acquiring photographic proof. Why?
This email was sent to all Central Committee Members earlier today:
Central Committee Members,
By now, you’ve probably had a chance to digest what you’ve read from Chairman Alley’s recent email entitled, “Central Committee Meeting Date and Misinformation.” Chairman Alley knows he and the Executive Committee answer to you, the highest party authority in the state, which is precisely why he is employing these desperate, dilatory tactics.
Ask yourself this. Did Chairman Alley deliver on his promise of a meeting date? Vaguely, yes. Did Chairman Alley deliver on his promise of misinformation? Absolutely. Through casting aspersions and floating wild conspiracy theories, he hopes to have you overlook his disregard for party rules and the law.
Chairman Alley also knows a very significant portion of you are of aware of his blatant rule violations at the Congressional District Conventions and subsequent Executive Committee and Delegation meetings.
Are you willing to accept Chairman Alley’s self-serving explanations? Remember, the June 30th Executive Committee meeting proposed setting up a committee that will investigate in 2014, or never, whichever is later. (Listen to http://cinch.fm/
I believe you’re better than that.
Dear Allen Alley,
It’s just not working out.
Some of us were so attracted to your charismatic personality and your success in the business world that we failed to notice some obvious facts about your record that, if given greater scrutiny, would have indicated you are a poor fit to lead Oregon’s very conservative Republican Party. Before you started running in our primaries for state wide office as the moderate candidate in those races, you were a generous supporter of both local Democratic candidates like David Wu, Darlene Hooley, and Tom Bruggere (a candidate for US Senate so left-of-center, that nearly every Oregon daily newspaper endorsed Gordon Smith instead). You have also been a big supporter to the national Democratic Party. Indeed in 2004 you very generously supported the DNC’s victory fund for Kerry/Edwards – quite the red flag!
ORP Legal Counsel Admits Negligence in His Own “Dismissal”
By Thomas K. Armstrong
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Republican Party (ORP) legal counsel and Congressional District Chairman Tyler Smith has unknowingly admitted to the colossal blunder of ORP Chairman Allen Alley in his “dismissal” of the Oregon Republican Delegation article “Oregon Republican Party Must Conform to State Law – Chairman Alley Booted Off State Central Committee by Own Negligence.”
On a private Facebook group for Oregon Republican precinct committee persons administered by Alley, Smith posted the following comment at 9:34 a.m. July 17:
Smith: Relax people. This guy does not know what he is talking about. This “phony” press release by this guy Kevin Renfrow is stupid and is a farce. He attached only part of the correspondence the ORP had with the Secretary of State. Brandon Danz took care of that long before Allen, or Tyler or Greg were on the job. My August e-mail to them was confirming that it was already done.