UPDATED: Webster’s proposed changes to Maine GOP by-laws would allow him to add friends to Party Committee
On July 15, 2012 At 4:25 pm
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The chair of the Maine Republican Party, Charlie Webster, has proposed changes to the Party’s by-laws, just one week before the State Committee meets. The amendments would add additional members to the Committee, members that would be loyal to Webster.
This comes on the heels of a near take-over the the State Party Committee by supporters of Ron Paul, at the contentious Maine Republican Convention in May.
Currently, each county sends at least representatives to the Party Committee – one woman and man, with an additional member for every 10,000 registered Republican or portion thereof. Additional members include the two representatives to the National Republican Party Committee; the county “chairmen”; the heads of several affiliated Republican groups; a representative of the House and Senate caucuses; a Republican Governor and any Republican members of Congress.
Webster’s proposal is to add a representative of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the State Treasurer – all of these men are currently supporters of Webster. Webster would also add three more chairs of Party standing committees, which owe loyalty to Webster. And Webster would add as non-voting members all of the members of the three standing committee members.
The three existing standing committees are: Rules, Finance, and Budget. Webster would create a fourth committee: the State Convention Committee. All members of these committees are appointed by the Party Chair.
All this to help Webster survive a vote for Party Chair in December.
And what’s more, Webster is proposing that any future amendments tot he by-laws would require a minimum of a 60-day review by the Rules Committee. Should all these amendments be approved next week, the 60-day rule would make it near impossible for anyone to repeal the rules allowing the additional members.
One assumes that such infighting will affect the legislative races in November.
Upate: Mike Tipping at DownEast reports that over the weekend, Dan Billings posted on facebook about Webster’s attempt to pack the Maine GOP State Party Committee. Billings is the chief legal counsel for Gov. Paul LePage.
The proposed amendments can be found below in green: