End Proxies On State Central

This weekend, the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee voted on a few things including whether or not to file a legal brief that said “ignore our Party Plan,” and to hold a secret ballot to ultimately vote for a primary instead of a convention for next year’s Presidential nomination contest.

One big argument that came out was over the process, in particular, the use of secret balloting to make an important decision. Social media lit up with people calling for the heads of anyone who voted for a secret ballot… because thanks to the secret ballot they couldn’t call for the heads of the people who voted for a primary over a convention and purge accordingly. Some blogs went so far as to list the roll call and criticize the move, saying our representatives on State Central must be open and honest about their votes and be held accountable by those who put them there! Just like elected representatives in Richmond or Washington!

Side note: A few months back State Central used a secret ballot to kick out the 5th District Chair. No one complained then.

Problem with that is, a handful of people who voted were not actually elected to vote. They were there by proxy, selected by duly elected State Central members to represent them at a meeting that was quite important and known about well in advance.

These proxies? They are accountable to no one. They weren’t elected by anyone. Your congressman can’t vote with a proxy. Your delegate can’t vote with a proxy. You can’t vote with a proxy.

Some of the people driving the vote were there by proxy, for example: Russ Moulton and Waverly Woods, both great activists but not elected to State Central. And their votes aren’t counted as their votes on the public record, they’re recorded as the vote for who they were proxying. So not only are they not elected and held free from accountability, but they’re hidden from the record for any future reference.

Why are we ok with State Central allowing proxies for big decisions?

If we’re talking about transparency, if we’re talking about accountability, secret ballots aren’t the problem. Leaving the fate of the party to unelected individuals who’s names do not go on record is the problem


4 thoughts on “End Proxies On State Central

  1. This is patently ridiculous. Is there any evidence that any proxy holder voted differently than the SCC member they represented? There’s also a proxy committee that issues a report every meeting. The names of proxy holders are included.

    This post is why we can’t have nice things.

  2. There’s nothing ridiculous about it. Proxies at this level should be prohibited.

    We don’t know if any of the proxies voted differently than their SCC members, because we don’t know how the proxy holders voted, nor do we know what the SCC members who were represented by proxies felt on the issues they were present to vote on.

    I’ve requested all of the SCC minutes from the last three years worth of meetings, and I expect the proxy committee reports will be included. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for this request to even be acknowledged, let alone fulfilled. And it will be interesting to see how often proxies are used and if the last meeting was reflective of how things operate generally.

    1. Isn’t the decision to send a proxy made by a committee member? One would assume the voting member would discuss with his proxy how to vote. Has it ever worked any other way? Members send a proxy they trust to carry out their wishes. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

      Methinks some folks are very upset that no one chose them as their proxy. Perhaps it’s sinking in that you just aren’t well liked or well respected. That’s gotta hurt. rSorry you have to face this painful reality.

  3. Jeanine, it is my understanding that at least one proxy was given to someone and that person gave the proxy to a third person. If that’s true, then there’s no way the person who signed the original proxy could tell the person who eventually held it how to vote.

    There is absolutely something wrong with proxies. We don’t allow them in Congress or in the General Assembly. The pro-convention forces are big fans of saying that if you care enough about something, you’ll find a way to make it work. These folks ran to represent their CDs on State Central. If they weren’t going to make hitting 1 meeting every 4 months a priority, they shouldn’t have run.

    As for the rest of your tripe, unlike you and your morally bankrupt colleagues, I don’t make my political decisions based on my personal feelings. The only painful reality that I face is that no matter what I say, you are going to be nipping at my ankles like a particularly annoying shitzu.

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