We here at Liberty Dispatch realize it is one thing to discuss items and show proof of items. While we can discuss the Chairman breaking rules and not following the demands of the Executive Committee as in our past post- http://libertydispatch.blogspot.com/2016/04/liberty-county-republican-chairman-goes_16.html . Without being there, it can be said it was just hearsay.
We have obtained exclusive video of a portion of the previous Republican Party meeting in which the Chairman broke Roberts Rules and misrepresented a true understanding of them to prevent a possible censure vote or a demand that slanderous statements be removed from the official party webpage. He also was very clear he did not want the Executive Committee to be heard . In this clip Precinct Chairman Sherial Lawson had already risen once to have the agenda corrected and new business added or a possible closed session added so that the recent happenings could be discussed in private. The Chairman overruled her and said at first that he never received her email. Then the Chairman said that per the rules it had to be a 72 hour notice and only he could call an executive session and that was told to him by the Republican Party of Texas. Obviously, he was incorrect as Ms. Lawson stands to state she has called the party during this meeting and correct some untruths. This is why it picks up with her stating she has the State Parliamentarian's phone number and anyone could call him. Watch the clip below, and we'll follow up with some errors in procedure made by the chairman.
The first item of note was as soon as Mr. Coleman again overruled Ms. Lawson and said she had to wait 72 hours after. She clearly has shown she met that timetable Next, you'll notice another Precinct Chairman, Brian Smith, rises to challenge the decision of the chair and it was seconded. This rule is very specific in order to give the body a chance to drive discussion that clearly the Chairman does not wish to discuss. Yes, as we have previously stated, the Chairman is not a King, but merely a facilitator of the meeting. Once this challenge motion is laid, it is not open to debate, it is not up for discussion, the body votes. Precinct Chairman, Ray Ansley is within his right to immediately rise and ask for a recorded vote. Clearly a voice from the other side of the room speaks up who is not on the executive committee saying something about bylaws. The bylaws of the Republican Party in Liberty County state that Roberts Rules of Order are to be used in meetings. It is at this point Mr. Coleman calls a recesses-WITH a motion still on the table. In essence, he has given himself a 10 minute window of discussion. Additionally, he has once again over-stepped his authority by calling a recess without consent of the body or a vote of the body while the motion lays on the table for a vote. A vote that clearly wasn't going to go in his favor.
So, clearly, the Chairman has no respect for the order of the body but for when it suits his agenda only. This is shown even more clearly shown in later videos that evening. We will withhold those in an attempt to see if the Chairman finally heeds the advice of his Executive Committee and removes the content from the website. If not, we clearly intend to show more rule breaking, with even a former Republican Party Chairman having to correct him on some of his demands.
Liberty Dispatch will stand by its belief that the actions of the Chairman are a disgrace to the party and the process. It shows the Chairman clearly running the meeting as his personal show while ignoring the request of duly elected representatives by the public (Precinct Chairmen), trying to reconcile an issue that was done in their name on a website representing the Liberty County Republican Party.
Mr. Chairman, clearly it is shown now, your statements on the party website were that of a personal opinion. You clearly misrepresented the views of the voting body of the party. It's time to remove the nonsense.