Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Republic Not Dictatorship

Tonight I received a copy of the California Young Republican's by-laws. The by-laws are the governing dictates, by which the CYR members conduct their meetings, choose their leadership, open new clubs and determine what clubs are in good standing. I am reading through the by-laws currently and will post the relevant sections concerning elections, circumstances and procedure for removal of an elected official.

However, I have had opportunity to speak directly with Bryan Williams, the Chair of the Kern County Young Republicans. During our conversation, Mr. Williams discussed the current 'controversy' which is nothing of the sort.

While speaking with Mr. Williams he pointed out that all of the chartered, and in good-standing, clubs of the California Young Republicans, Inc. were represented according to proper noticing procedures laid out in the CYR by-laws. He also stated that the two clubs which are not in good standing, Silicon Valley and San Francisco, were also invited to take part, but chose not to attend. Finally, and possibly most damningly, Mr. Williams said that Jenniffer Rodriguez herself was invited to take part in the election, but chose not to attend.

Mr. Williams emphasized that the CYRs are directed by an elected board and not solely by and elected Chair.

After speaking with Mr. Williams, I discussed the goings on within the California Young Republicans with some individuals in a position to have direct knowledge. It was made clear to me that in Jenniffer Rodriguez's actions to unify the Young Republican Federation of California and the California Young Republican's, Inc. were not sanctioned by the board, and were in many cases outside of what the by-laws allowed. Ms. Rodriguez attempted to recognize Young Republican groups as voting members of the California Young Republicans, Inc. which were not chartered members and were not eligible to contribute to CYR activities and procedures. In this manner, Ms. Rodriguez hoped to create a majority of 'CYR's' which would vote in favor of uniting the YRFC's and the CYR's. It is these actions which cost Ms. Rodriguez the support of the board of directors of the California Young Republicans. It is worth pointing out that Ms. Rodriguez is not new to controversy, she and her predecessor Catherine Brinkman had a dispute which involved the CYR, Inc. website. As a result of this dispute, Ms. Brinkman held onto the website and ultimately passed control of it to Ms. Rodriguez's successor, Andy Stanley.

The bottom line is that Ms. Rodriguez was operating outside the CYR by-laws and the CYR's had no recourse but to remove her from her position. As I stated at the opener, I am reading through the CYR by-laws and will report what I find. If the CYR's operated outside of their by-laws, I will report it, right here.

Please take the time to comment!

3 People Have Had Their Say:

paul mitchell on December 17, 2009 at 6:49 AM said...

And Cl, the disputes between the YRFC and the CYR is an excellent case study in the power of persuasion and the current climate in our country. Competition is good in my opinion and the differences in the two groups could be highlighted to see the rifts in the ideology surrounding the national party.

Keep up the good work, Brah. You are a reporter now.

classicaliberal on December 17, 2009 at 11:35 PM said...

Thanks for the words, Paul. I am working hard to break some details in this story which could ultimately have implications in a high profile election. I think, as you say, a nice summary to this series will be a juxtaposition of the two clubs ideology. Hell, night even drive some more young conservatives into being politically active through these groups.

Gretchen Wenner, the Californian Staff Writer, has mentioned my work so far and posted a justification for her 'work.'

paul mitchell on December 18, 2009 at 6:49 AM said...

Dude, those comments qualify as hate speech on that Bakersfield site.


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