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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

King County GOP leader boots caucus outside after Ron Paul backers take over

The GOP's War on Ron Paul and the Paulites continues. In King County Washington, the Paulites were about to takeover but the King Co. GOP Chair arbitrarily declared the delegate selecting caucus a Ron Paul event and not a Republican event. She moved the caucus off site and shutout the Paulites.
Over the weekend, Republicans in the 37th Legislative District gathered to choose delegates to the state GOP convention. The caucus started out Saturday morning inside Dimmitt Middle School. But it didn't end inside the building. After supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul elected one of their own to chair of the meeting, the gathering was booted to an outside basketball court by King County Republican Party Chairman Lori Sotelo. The move came after attendees irritated Sotelo by rejecting her choice to run the caucus - former King County Councilman David Irons. Instead, the group voted for Tamara Smilanich, a Paul supporter. That prompted Sotelo to declare the meeting was no longer a Republican Party event - but a Ron Paul campaign event....otelo called Smilanich a Paul campaign "operative" who did not have the experience to run the caucus. She said there was no reason for the Paul supporters to "take over" the meeting -- they had numbers and were going to elect their favored delegates no matter who chaired the caucus....Despite asserting the caucus had ceased to be a Republican Party function once Smilanich was elected chair, Sotelo said she had no plans to challenge the legitimacy of those delegates. One caucus attendee, Michael Brubaker, was so upset by Sotelo's actions he's suing her in small claims court. That's because each caucus-goer paid $10 to participate - money Sotelo said was to help pay for the party's expenses for using the school. But Sotelo refused to refund the money after the group was moved outside. "She shouldn't have taken our money and kicked us out," Brubaker said.
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