After publishing six pieces directly or indirectly related to fallout from the 2012 St. Charles County (Mo.) Republican Presidential Caucus March 17, I decided to take a look at the media coverage that’s followed my efforts and look ahead to what might come next in this unfortunate saga.
Host Jamie Allman of 97.1 FM NewsTalk‘s “Allman in the Morning” program has followed my two most-recent stories closely during the past two days. After publishing my post yesterday, he interviewed one of my key sources of information, a St. Charles County GOP Central Committee member who called into his program while identifying herself only as “Anonymous.” Audio of that interview appears below:
Today, after reading this post in which “Anonymous” revealed herself to be St. Charles County GOP Central Committee Member Brandy Pedersen, Allman interviewed Pedersen during the 8 o’clock hour of his show. Below is the audio of that interview:
Now, two interesting observations:
• After publishing today’s first post, a reader asked me this morning what it was that anyone in the local GOP might have wanted to keep “low profile.” While I couldn’t provide an answer, I am able to share some interesting new numbers. As of 10 a.m. Central today, according to St. Charles County Election Authority Rich Chrismer, 55 Republicans have filed to run for the 28 township seats on the Republican Central Committee. Most filed after the March 17 caucus, and that, he said, is the largest number of candidates he’s seen file for those seats during his 10 years in the job. The filing deadline is Tuesday.
• Just before Noon Cental today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Missouri State GOP officials had announced that a new caucus will be held April 10 at 7 p.m. at the St. Charles Convention Center and that recording devices will be allowed. That is a good result!
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UPDATE 3/23/12 at 1:50 p.m. Central: I just saw this 4-minute video (below) on Jamie Allman’s Facebook page. He wrote this about it: “Via Brent Stafford. Another admission that rules of the caucus were created to suffocate certain votes and limit the freedom Caucuses were designed to provide. Again. This is not the business of committeemen to decide what is fair when it comes to winning delegates.” All I can say about it is, “Wow!”
UPDATE 3/23/12 at 2:31 p.m. Central: Since posting the 1:50 p.m. update above, I’ve learned that the video was shot Monday night by a Ron Paul supporter unfamiliar to most attendees who attended the regularly-scheduled evening meeting of the Lewis & Clark Pachyderms Club which meets in O’Fallon, Mo. Add-on at 4:52 p.m.: Dave Evans contacted me to let me know that Bryan Spencer, the man speaking in the video, was speaking after the regular Pachyderm meeting.
UPDATE 4/11/12 at 7:26 a.m. Central: Ron Paul wins do-over St. Charles County caucus.
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