The RPI Leadership Elections — Don’t Believe the Press Release

The Republican Party of Iowa

The Republican Party of Iowa

As I predicted, at this weekend’s SCC meting, Danny Carroll and Gopal Krishna were the only candidates for RPI Chair and Co-Chair. The meeting went smoothly with no conflict and only a few groan-worthy moments. (Kevin Hall at the IowaRepublican.com has more on that.)

Shortly after the election RPI put out a press release that said:

DES MOINES, Iowa- Today the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee unanimously elected Danny Carroll of Grinnell as Party Chairman.  …

“I was honored to receive the unanimous support of the State Central Committee during the election for a new Chairman,” said Carroll. …

Don’t believe everything you read. When the meeting started, Spiker took nominations from the floor for chairman. National Committeewoman Tamara Scott nominated Danny Carroll. Loras Schulte moved to close nominations. Then AJ said, “All those in favor of electing Danny Carroll please say Aye.” He then asked for Nay votes and the election was over.

I thought we were voting to close nominations. I had expected that this vote would be done by secret ballot as called for in the bylaws. According to the Bylaws of the Republican Party of Iowa:

… the election of Central Committee officers, the election of members of the Republican National Committee or other business where voting is conducted by use of secret ballots …

After the vote, I chose not to make a fuss … it was a done deal .. Danny Carrol is the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. When we followed the same procedure for Gopal’s election as co-chair, I was prepared. AJ asked for Aye votes, and when he asked for Nays, I said, “Nay and Nay by proxy for Cody Hoefert.” (Cody gave me his unlimited proxy since he is in Mexico.)

I had the pleasure of voting against Gopal twice :)

Danny was indeed elected with no dissenting votes but it was far from unanimous.

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