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Statement From St. Charles County Republican Committee on Saturday’s Caucus

March 19th, 2012 by mopns · No Comments

St. Charles County Republican Central Committee Chair Eugene Dokes

Photo credit: Dan Gill for The New York Times

Statement from the SCCRC:

The St. Charles County Republican Central Committee would like to address a few of the problems at this weekend’s county Caucus meeting at Frances Howell North High School. Two issues that were a concern to caucus goers were the prohibition of recording devices and the selection of the caucus chair.

Regarding the prohibition of recording devices at the caucus: This was a house rule adopted by the county party to insure that official business of the caucus could not be disseminated to members of other political parties and, to ensure that the voting preferences of individual caucus goers stayed within the confines of the venue. Privacy is a basic tenet of our electoral system and the Committee’s well meaning intention was to preserve that fundamental right only. However house rules were to only remain in effect until a permanent chair was selected.

The second issue was the selection of the caucus chair which St Charles County GOP Chairman Eugene Dokes addressed:

“It was not our intention to disenfranchise anyone from exercising their free speech rights,” said Chairman Dokes. I deeply apologize for any confusion during the process. We worked hard to follow Robert’s Rules of Order. We put together house rules, and conducted a voice vote. Adding to the confusion was the fact that many people were handed copies of rules before the caucus that were not approved by the rules committee. Many became aggressive and belligerent when asked to follow house rules. At one point, a woman’s hat was ripped off of her head and thrown on the floor and at least 5 people rushed the podium. We would have continued the meeting after the selection of the chair but the police
asked us to shut it down.”

Dokes also declared his intention to ensure St Charles County is fully represented throughout the process:  “I am working with the state party and with all the campaigns to find a solution to make sure that St. Charles County is represented at the congressional, state, and national conventions. It is my highest priority to make sure that we will not lose any delegates.”


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  • 1 Ron // Mar 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Mr. Dokes has ulterior motives and they were foiled not only by Ron Paul supporters but Romney and Gingrich as well. Mr. Dokes and his cohorts are in cahoots with Mr. Santorum’s campaign. Now that we’ve seen his true color we will stop him from winning that congressional seat. There is no room for people like him in public service.

  • 2 PeoplePower // Mar 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Dokes sole responsibility there was to elect the permanent chair nothing more. He started disregarding the rules from the beginning. The chair that he was to elect was the one to set the rules not him. He behaved unprofessionally and is not qualified to hold such a position.

  • 3 richard mcenroe // Mar 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Anybody sticks a camera in my face when I’m voting, he’s gonna have the lens for a third eye.

  • 4 Galloping_Libertarian // Mar 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    When is the GOP going to quit lying? When?????

    Eugene do you have any idea how powerful we are?
    Do you know you completely screwed your Senate race?

  • 5 Galloping_Libertarian // Mar 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Excuse me Congressional race…yep you toasted it Eugene. You haven’t filed yet? What are you waiting for you lowlife maggot?

  • 6 R M Hill // Mar 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    This is pure horse manure!

    At NO time did anyone who addressed the caucus body explain that the prohibition on filming could be lifted upon the seating of the permanent chair. In fact, when points of order were raised, Mr. Dokes refused to address them, explaining that this rule was non-negotiable. We were also told this by another member of the committee who was addressing the caucus body. Now they are acting as if this is all a big misunderstanding! I wasn’t pissed about any of this till reading this pile of garbage. An apology and an admission of wrong doing would have served just fine. But bold face lies parading as an apology and an explanation is beyond the pale! This insults the intelligence of anyone who witnessed these events and has even a partial brain left with which to think rationally.

    In addition, Mr. Dokes wants to make it appear as if confusion among the caucus goers was the real issue. The rules being passed around were those produced by the various factions, who planned to have their rules voted on! ARGH! Does anyone believe anything coming out of this man’s mouth? I have little doubt that some people were confused by events, but that would be those who were in charge to fix. You do not proceed with a caucus when you believe that the caucus body is confused. Of course, this nonsense about our confusion is simply more dung from Mr. Dokes!

    Mr. Dokes, you are a pathetic phony! I am seriously pissed off now. Go away! It would be better for you to go crawl in a hole than to release such a pathetic example of rhetorical nonsense. When you want to truly repent for your tyranny, then by all means release something that is actually sincere. Until then, you are nothing but a liar in my book.

  • 7 FedupExpression // Mar 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Ummmm. Dokes does realize that the whole sordid thing is on video and that the video distinctly contradicts these statements…doesn’t he?

  • 8 HateHypocrites // Mar 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    “to ensure that the voting preferences of individual caucus goers stayed within the confines of the venue. Privacy is a basic tenet of our electoral system and the Committee’s well meaning intention was to preserve that fundamental right only. ”

    So you don’t want anyone to see who others voted for, but you had people put down their presidential preference on the registration form that was then associated with your name and entered into a database in the secret ballot room. There were two people doing data entry, creating a log of every person there and who they support. Who has control of that data Eugene?

  • 9 FedupExpression // Mar 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Right Dokes…in the interest of “privacy” we’ll categorize and bracelet all who enter. We’ll than hold a public vote and count it in secrecy behind closed doors…rather than a secret vote, behind a curtain…and then see them counted in public….

    Riiiiiight. You MO’s elect this dolt, you deserve what he’ll bring ya.

  • 10 BenjaminFranklin // Mar 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    FROM http://bobmccarty.com/2012/03/22/st-charles-county-gop-chair-says-caucus-letter-actually-drafted-by-santorums-campaign-team/

    A few days after the 2012 St. Charles County Republican Presidential Caucus ended badly, a member of the St. Charles County GOP Central Committee shared with me the content of an email message that was sent to members by Chair Eugene Dokes early Wednesday morning. Attached to the message, the subject of which was “Re: A second Caucus or…,” was a letter that Dokes explained “was actually drafted by Santorum’s campaign team.”

    Mr. Dokes, I’m sure you’re aware that resolving this issue in a way that satisfies no one except Mr. Santorum’s campaign team – and perhaps you – will make up for the profound disregard of the will of the people of Missouri.

    The only way to fix your incredibly grave mistake is to reconvene the caucus and let the people have their say, even if it doesn’t jive with your personal choice, or that of the RNC.

    It is my understanding that you are using “safety” of attendees as a cover to do the bidding of the Santorum campaign. As a man wiser than us one stated, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” (Benjamin Franklin)

    Those who are worried about safety will stay home. Those who care about liberty will attend.

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