(by Carl Bunce) – In the past year we have seen a calculated and complete devastation of the grassroots and long time Republican activists in the Clark County Republican Party.
Since the election of Dave Mckeon as Chairman of the Clark County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) we have seen long-time activist Woody Stroupe taken to the mat over a simple email miscommunication.
We have seen elected e-board members treated like children and intimidated during meetings and in personal conversations.
We have seen committee appointments revoked because of simple disagreements or probing questions like Mark Riggins, Jordan Ross, and Steve Commander.
We have seen our Treasurer resign for unknown reasons, agree to stay on for a stable transition at the executive boards request only to be forced out oddly with threats of police action if he did not resign immediately.
The party structure and by-laws seem to be completely ignored and targeted disinformation is the favored method of communication. Many of us have worked long and hard to create an open and robust party that is open to all ideas and people, but I am afraid those days are gone.
On Wednesday, July 16th I was denied entrance to the CCRCC meeting which I have been an active member of since 2007, missing only one single meeting due to illness. I was told that I was not welcome by the “director of the event” by hotel security and given no cause or reason. I honored the request and private property rights of the Orleans and complied so to not cause any further issues in this ridiculous chain of events.
I was not allowed to register for the meeting, which causes my committee membership to potentially be jeopardized if I miss a second meeting in the future. I was not informed directly by any leadership of the CCRCC beforehand that I was not welcomed at the meeting and have yet to be informed of the reasoning for this decision.
Video of Jordan Ross and I being denied entrance into the June 16th meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSLsNxjJ5ZI
I had heard through third parties that Chairman Dave Mckeon was intending on not allowing me to attend because of events that transpired at a previous CCRCC meeting on May 21st, which were actually taken to the Las Vegas Justice Court in the form of two Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) applications submitted by Chairman Dave Mckeon, for himself and current party whip Betty Rumford.
These two identically handwritten applications were rejected and denied by Judge Eric Goodman and a court date was set for June 18th at 9:00 AM for Judge Goodman to hear testimony from Dave Mckeon and Betty Rumford as to why these protective orders should be filed. When these TPO applications were submitted on May 23rd online the user was given the electric verification numbers of 5680812 and 5685184.
These numbers are electronic verification numbers for the online submission transactions and not associated with the TPO applications or court in any other way. Only the person submitting the application and the Las Vegas Justice Court web server had knowledge of these numbers on May 23rd when they were submitted.
The Las Vegas Justice Court had not even registered the applications until May 30th at 2:20 PM, which you can clearly see on the front page of each and this is when they became public knowledge after Judge Goodman denied the TPO’s.
I was running for Nevada State Senate District 20 in the Republican Primary against Senator Micheal Roberson. On Tuesday, May 27th several attack mailers from Micheal Roberson’s campaign started to arrive in voters mailboxes stating that I “Assaulted a 77 Year-Old Woman” and “Threatened Me (Dave Mckeon) With Physical Violence” with a reference to Las Vegas Justice Court electric verification numbers of 5680812 and 5685184.
For these attack mailers to have referenced the electric verification numbers of 5680812 and 5685184, Micheal Roberson’s campaign would have to have received those numbers three to four days before the mail was delivered in order to create the mailers and allow time for them to be delivered. The fact that these numbers were referenced on the attack mailers shows that the user who submitted the TPO’s gave those numbers to the Roberson campaign.
Dave Mckeon used these TPO’s to influence a Republican primary election.
On June 18th, I appeared in court for Case Numbers: 14-PO-0800 / 14-PO-0809 with counsel to defend myself from these false accusations, which were used to influence my Republican Primary with attack mailers and TV ads.
Below are links to my opposition to the two TPO’s that were filed with the court in my defense. The affidavits are clear as to the events that occurred, they do not align with Dave Mckeon’s created story and timeline in any way:
- Mckeon Opposition Includes 5 affidavits describing the events of May 21st.
- Mckeon Opposition Supplemental filed after Republican Primary Includes additional information on attack mailers and affidavits.
- Rumford Opposition Includes affidavits describing the events of May 21st.
During the court proceedings Dave Mckeon did not utter one word about the events on May 21st. If he was so troubled by my “actions” how did he not have anything to say? I believe he did not speak up so as to not purger himself in a court of law. Link to court transcripts from June 18th.
Judge Eric Goodman was obviously annoyed by these TPO applications and the wasting of the courts time as nothing in these applications applied to the TPO NRS. Judge Goodman also ridiculed the manner in which the TPO’s were attempted to be used as they are there to protect victims of very serious crimes such as domestic violence.
Even after being chastised by Judge Goodman for his attempt to use the court for political gain, Dave Mckeon has still continued with the slanderous attacks on me and even attempting to tie me to accusations of identity theft and blackmail in his comments at the July 16th CCRCC meeting that I was barred from entering.
View his comments here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zjFiDld1ng
Apparently, there was a motion put on the floor to remove me from the Republican Party or the CCRCC, I am not certain which one because I don’t have the exact text of the motion because it was not in the call to meeting as it should have been according to our by-laws and Robert’s Rules of Order.
CCRCC member Rob Tyree, who is versed in our by-laws and Robert’s Rules breaks down easily below about how a motion to remove any member is completely out of order:
1. You can’t hold an election, recall, or similar action by voice vote or division of the house unless it’s for acclamation. You should conduct those votes by secret ballot, for obvious reasons.
2. Robert’s Rules affords those being discussed the opportunity to defend themselves. There was absolutely no justification to bar Carl from participating in the meeting.
3. A vote to recall membership should have been properly noticed in the Call to Meeting if it were going to be held.
4. No trial was conducted as required by Robert’s Rules. There was an investigation by the Ethics Committee, who did not recommend Carl’s expulsion as far as I’m aware.
This is certainly not a complete reference, but this is a good primer: http://www.rulesonline.com/rror-13.htm
As you can see, the BODY has the power to take quite a few actions. The Chairman, however, grossly exceeded his authority and ignored the rules of order to facilitate his own personal vendetta.
Using the precedent set last night, ANY member of the CCRCC could be expelled for ANY reason without ANY notice whatsoever by a simple majority vote of the body. Under those rules, whichever faction happens to have a majority at any particular meeting could expel the entire other faction from the organization. The Rules of Order are intended to preclude just those types of mob rule tactics.
Mob rule is exactly what has become of the CCRCC and Chairman Dave Mckeon is the leader of that mob. He has no concern for rules of order and is a coward to not inform me himself of the actions he was planning on taking at the July 16th CCRCC meeting.
I will be working to remedy the actions of Dave Mckeon and his slanderous activities toward myself and others over the coming months. If Dave Mckeon believes we can grow the party with subtraction, he needs to relearn how math works.
Dave Mckeon wants to play victim because he is not producing any results for the CCRCC and trying to mask that fact by turning others into the reason that he has not been successful.
Perhaps these expulsions of dedicated members of our central committee that have been with us long before Dave McKeon ever showed up at one of our meetings are distractions from his failures and his questionable allocations of party funds. Where has over $100,000 gone? What do we have to show for it?
There are a growing number of former Dave Mckeon supporters that have come to see the truth through the observation of his lack of action.
Those of you that have continued your unwavering support for Dave Mckeon, have either worked hard to stay misinformed, or have a personal score to settle with someone you disagree with. Neither of those are a good reason to set the CCRCC on a path of destruction.
If you have not read the many court records for fraud and divorce filings that show the character of Dave Mckeon then you are driving blind. I know exactly what he is and that is why he is trying to silence me in the political debate about the direction of the Republican Party. Learn who Dave Mckeon is or risk suffering the embarrassment of being on his ship when he goes down.
Here are links to the past of Dave Mckeon that were available last July: Business Fraud, Substance Abuse, Mental Treatment Plans, Spousal Abuse, Forced Sex, Child Abuse, and etc.
It’s all there if you take the time to read it. This is the person who is suppose to represent our values and beliefs?
I urge all Republicans to engage in the CCRCC to right the ship and work to remedy our party so we can grow and elect Republicans that represent our values and beliefs. We can no longer practice exclusion and contempt for our core principles.
All document links in this letter: