The Credentials Cmte. for the PWC GOP Convention met last night and here is the initial findings:
77 — Applications received from Walk-ins or personally delivered to HQ
46 — Applications received from the Post Office
308 — Candidate John Gray delivered applications
490 — Candidate Corey Stewart delivered applications
921 — TOTAL APPLICATIONS RECEIVED
This information was e-mailed to both the Stewart and Gray campaigns. The next meeting of the credentials committee will be on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. when they will start reviewing any challenges and the full list of applicants to serve as delegates will be released on Thursday.
A request was made by the Stewart campaign for the committee to provide a list of the forms received via mail or walk-ins as soon as they have been entered into the committee’s database. At least one Credentials Cmte. member as well as John Gray have voiced opposition to this. I can understand the rationale in opposing this in that all applications should be treated the same way and there is really no point in releasing the raw lists (or even partial raw lists) to either of the campaigns until it is determined which applicants are actually eligible to serve as delegates. Can you imagine the problems if someone who is ineligible receives calls from one or both campaigns and then shows up in Haymarket on Saturday morning only to be told that he or she can’t participate?
There is some behind the scenes tension going on, too. It seems that there was a request (but not a requirement) that the campaigns provide the delegate filing information that they were delivering in electronic format. The Gray campaign apparently delivered theirs electronically while the Stewart camp did not. This has led John Gray to claim this was done intentionally so that he could not call Stewart’s delegates until the full list was released on Thursday. Since the credentials committee isn’t even meeting until Wednesday night to deal with challenges, I don’t see how not having the list until Thursday is detrimental to either campaign. (Once again, the scenario I describe above could come into play.)
However, the Gray camp sees this differently:
I don’t want to “throw a fly into the ointment” but the longer I dwell on this, the more I believe my request below is fair. What I am leading up to is I really believe Mr. Stewart’s intentional choice NOT TO COMPLY with the committee’s request for the delegate information to be presented in electronic data form is detrimental to my campaign. It is obviously intended to keep me from that information, Politics 101. We have said we want to be fair and balanced, that we want to respect the process, that we have a level playing field. I am not saying anyone is not, please understand that. I’m just saying not allowing me to have photocopies of his delegates is a very big factor in his favor. And if one candidate has an advantage over another, then we loose the “balance argument”.
What I am asking for is to have photocopies of his delegates ASAP. I will pay for the cost of the photocopy. I suggest one of the committee controls the forms. I don’t want possession. I just want copies ASAP. We know Mr. Stewart has 499 forms, there are 77 walk-in forms and 43 mail-ins. Kinko’s can easily do this in a matter of minutes. I am aware Mr. Fitzsimmons accomplished this in the 50th district convention so there is a precedent to this being done.
Receiving the “scrubbed” list Thursday evening is detrimental to my campaign, especially in view of the fact that Mr. Stewart is already calling my delegates today. He must have committed to memory certain of my delegates because he has called numerous ones. That should not be allowed. Our word of honor was we would wait until the scrubbed list was available to us both equally.
I ask the committee to consider and grant this request.
Thank you for your time.
John S. Gray, CPA
In a separate, earlier e-mail, Mr. Gray states:
If I may, I agree with the committee’s position that delegate information should be released together and not piecemeal.
So, on the one hand you have John Gray asking the committee to deny Corey Stewart’s request that the walk-ins and mailed delegate forms be made available (presumably to both campaigns) as soon as they have been entered into the database while on the other hand you have John Gray asking the committee to supply him with photocopies of all of Stewart’s delegate forms “ASAP”. Anyone else see the contradictions here?
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