Caucus 2.0: Venue Booked for Only Five Hours

Weeks after the “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre,” many voters in St. Charles County, Mo., are probably wondering whether or not the upcoming second attempt to conduct the county’s 2012 Republican presidential caucus (a.k.a., “CAUCUS 2.0″)  will produce better results.

The latest effort to select delegates for the upcoming congressional district, state and national GOP conventions is set to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the St. Charles Convention Center.

According to a convention center official with whom I spoke this morning, the caucus will take place in the exhibit hall — a room capable of accommodating 3,000 — and has been booked by state GOP officials for five hours, 7 p.m. through midnight.

Not surprisingly, state GOP officials — namely spokesperson Jonathon Prouty — have yet to respond to questions I posed about the caucus this morning:

1.  Why was the event scheduled to take place on a weekday evening instead of on a Saturday when more people are likely to be able to attend?  One might conclude that they are, for some reason, again trying to limit participation in the caucus.

2.  How will this event be managed differently than the first attempt to caucus?  I wanted to know whether or not fairness, transparency and adherence to rules would be paramount in the proceedings.

3.  Please describe the time elements involved in the contract via which state GOP officials booked the exhibit hall at the St. Charles Convention Center (i.e., start time and estimated end time (not including teardown).  In reality, I wanted to know the answer to question #4.

4.  Is there a contingency plan to allow use of the room if the caucus does not end prior to the original contract end time?  I wanted to know if they took any time to think ahead and consider the possibility that the caucus might drag on past midnight.

Consider what might happen if CAUCUS 2.0 follows the lead of other caucus events that were held across the Show-Me State March 17:

• If it goes the way of the Boone County GOP caucus in Columbia or the Christian County GOP Caucus in Ozark, it won’t get started until 9 p.m. at the earliest and will likely run well past midnight;

• If it follows the same paths as the Greene County GOP caucus in Springfield or the Jefferson County GOP caucus in Hillsboro, it will last more than seven hours and conclude sometime after 2 a.m. Wednesday; and

• If it follows the lead of the first St. Charles County caucus, it will never get off the ground.

Do I hope things go wrong?  Of course, not!  Instead, I hope thousands of St. Charles County Republican voters turn out for the caucus and help ensure a fair and just outcome.

UPDATE 4/11/12 at 7:21 a.m. Central:  Ron Paul wins do-over St. Charles County caucus.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

One thought on “Caucus 2.0: Venue Booked for Only Five Hours

  1. Events went quite smoothly and it was all over by about 11pm. 903 people voted (902 after one admitted he was not a republican but an indepentant and was sadly asked to leave. Nobody wanted to kick him out, but this WAS the Republican Caucus after all.)

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