PRESS RELEASE FROM ROGER A. HAGAN ON RULING BY REPUBLICAN PARTY ON CASCADE COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE RULES
I am pleased to announce the Montana Republican Party has issued an important decision nullifying rules intended to prevent reform of the Cascade County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC).
Last week, a subcommittee of the Montana Republican Party Rules Committee determined all rule changes to county rules made by the CCRCC Executive Board from June 2018 to the present are null and void. The ruling was made in response to a challenge I submitted to the Montana Republican Party on March 8, 2019 on behalf of ALL Cascade County Republicans.
The rules, nullified by the Montana Republican Party, include rules allowing the use of unauthorized proxies in the county convention, rules designed to remove duly elected committeemen and committeewomen from their positions, and rules requiring people challenging members of the current executive board at the convention to submit a petition for consideration for an executive board position at least 30 days in advance of the convention.
These rules were adopted in secret meetings occurring in December 2018 and February 2019. The rules were adopted without notice to the duly elected committeemen and committeewomen.
The rules adopted were nothing more than an attempt by the CCRCC Executive Board to restrict the vote at the County Convention and to prevent the duly elected committeemen and committeewomen from exercising their right to represent their constituents and elect a new executive board.
I am delighted the Montana Republican Party has decided to crack down on the Cascade County Republican Central Committee.
Although we have won this battle, I expect that we are going to continue to see more efforts to undermine the will of the people and to stop the duly elected committeemen and committeewomen from electing officers of the executive board. I would hope that I am wrong.
Nonetheless, today is good day for those who believe in ethical and transparent political parties and the voice of ALL Republicans in Cascade County. A central committee should not be allowed to write rules in secret and attempt to impose them on duly elected officials in an effort to control a central committee.
Attached is a copy of the decision. Please contact me for any information about this decision.
Contact Info: Roger A. Hagan, firstname.lastname@example.org, (406) 459-0773