About 2 months ago, on February 1, I had written on the reformation of the Butte County Republican party organization, with the officially elected central committee members selecting county leadership with the assistance of the South Dakota GOP, and members of the Custer and Lawrence county GOP organizations were also on hand for technical advice:
After correct elections were held with the people who were legally permitted under the bylaws to make the choice for county officials, under Republican party bylaws, things had settled down for a couple of months in peace and harmony among the Republican faithful.
Or maybe not.
Yesterday, Gordon Howie follower Bob Ellis posted a missive on his web site from one of the people in attendance:
I attended the “closed” meeting of the Butte County GOP Central Committee Meeting, as an elected Precinct Captain.
The meeting was restricted to Committee members as listed in the South Dakota GOP charter, Section III, County Central Committee rules.
From a read of Mr. Klipp’s letter, amidst questions dangled out there by him to try to stir something up, even he had to concede the party has bylaws which govern the selection process.
If only others had followed them earlier, I suspect there would have been much less confusion on Mr. Klipp’s part. And behind the scenes, it goes downhill from there. I’m told that this letter had been circulated in early February, and responded to by the current GOP organization, who offered Mr. Klipp the opportunity to sit down, and play a part on the County Republican board.
And as it was related to me, the olive branch was swatted away, at the same time the old group started claiming they’ve been shut out. Despite not being elected, or validly serving as central committee members.
Apparently, it’s getting worse than downhill for the group of people who were never elected. I had a note from the duly elected chairman, and apparently, they have no interest in letting “bylaws be bylaws,” and those who disagree with them want to set up their own system of getting around them:
This morning [redacted] called and said I have two weeks to surrender the party to the old group or face some kind of citizens grand jury or some such nonsense.
And I’m told this group has been calling the Secretary of State, as well as the Butte County Auditor in order to be re-declared “in charge,” despite the lack of any legitimacy for the offices. That’s just what we need. Crazy sovereign citizen types harassing public officials, and declaring themselves “the real” Republican party, and if people don’t comply, they’ll be subjected to a “Citizens Grand Jury.”
I know it’s a pain, and will probably continue to be such, but it’s good that the state and area county GOP organizations went in to make sure that proper elections were held. In a civil society, there is such a thing as the rule of law.
And the people who ignore it; when threaten and make stuff up if they don’t get their way – they need to learn a better way.