On Saturday the Oregon Republican Party elected it’s new officers. Suzanne Gallagher for Chair, Bill Currier for Vice Chair, Chris Baretto for Secretary and Ken Taylor for Treasurer. I was a member of the Central Committee and voted in this election. This is one of the things that I can bring to the Oregon Republican Party but more so I see it as a service to my listeners.
The day was very long, with my part in credentialing folks starting at 7:30am. We ended our final meeting with the new officers at about 6:30pm. What I observed through out the day was a great division on several fronts. There was the so called “establishment” group, mostly older folks but very caring about their party. There was the “tea party” group, mostly represented by all ages and they care deeply about the “decay” of the party. There was the “Ron Paul” group that has on many occasions made it clear that they would like to see the GOP go away and be completely rebuilt, so they have a deep passion too. Then there was my group: the “wait, what, when, how?” group.
Not being the most well read on the subject of Robert’s Rules, by laws and procedures, and having been in many, many meetings over my career that did not involve those procedures, I found myself lost much of the time and I am not afraid to admit that. We spent nearly 3 hours debating ONE line in the by laws (a very important point that needed to be worked out) but 3 hours? In the end, NO one convinced ANYONE to vote otherwise. The vote went in what some would say “my favor”. I was allowed to vote for the officers. I proudly voted. It wasn’t the same as an election year type of pride, but close. I was proud to represent the good folks of my district and my county.
Now is the time for all of these factions to put the books and bylaws away and start the VITAL work of doing everything we can to take back the state of Oregon. With the legislative session beginning today, we have much to do. I promise to bring to you ALL of the information I possibly can every day about what’s going on there and what we can do to elect Conservatives to all offices in Oregon.
On a side note: one of the officer candidates stood above everyone else in MY eyes and that was Chris Baretto who was running for and eventually won the secretary slot. She started her speech with (my paraphrase) “The Republican Party in Oregon has a morality issue” and proceeded to talk about “undue influence for sexual favors by lawmakers”, “legislators going to strip clubs” and more. She ended with “without morality, capitalism is worthless”. She had me at “morality”!
Did we get a “new direction”? I don’t know, only time will tell, but I want to give it a chance, I hope you’ll join me.