Stainbrook: ‘Meeting never took place’Written by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m still the chairman of the Lucas County Republican Party,” Jon Stainbrook said Dec. 21, the night a group of challengers claim to have overthrown the controversial chairman.
Stainbrook said by the rules that govern the Republican Party, no meeting ever took place to nominate a new party chair.
“This party has always been run by the bylaws, and Robert’s Rules, that’s why we have a parliamentarian. There was never a meeting that took place to vote for me not to be the chairman. Everything else was hoopla, and just trying to disrupt.”
A man introduced by Stainbrook as Ben Roberts, parliamentarian for the central committee and executive committee member, said anything before and after the meeting was just “noise and static.”
“I do not recognize anything they did tonight,” said Roberts.”We have the final say. We held a meeting. The meeting had an agenda sent out to all of our central committee members. The central committee members signed and went upstairs to vote, we had one topic to vote on and we did that.”
The parliamentarian is in place to advise on Robert’s Rules, the bylaws of the Republican party.
A Dec. 21 news release claimed, “By a majority vote of the duly elected/appointed member of the Lucas County Republican Central Committee have elected Paul Hoag to serve as chairman of the central committee. Immediately there after members elected Jeff Simpson as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
“I’m honored and humbled, I look forward to working with all members of the central committee, all republican volunteers, for the furthering of the Lucas county republican party for the furthering of republicans in this area. time now for unity and time now to work hard together for the candidates, for issues for the party,” said Jeff Simpson.
Simpson said he was officially elected to the Lucas County Republican Party, despite claims from Stainbrook that he was not.
“A motion was placed before the body. The body voted on that motion and that is that. The central committee is the governing body of the republican party and I am the chairman,” Simpson said.
Currently Simpson has been denied the ability to enter the Republican Party building and is weighing his options as to the next step forward, he said.
A source inside the party said the state central committee may be asked to review the vote, which reportedly ousted former chairman Jon Stainbrook.
The Lucas County and Cuyahoga County Prosecutors offices are investigating an alleged signature fraud case involving campaign finance forms filed during Stainbrook’s chairmanship.
More on this story as it develops.
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