I had sp0ken with State Senator Joel Anderson in the afternoon of Sat 4/16 in a lull in the action.
He had asked for a chance to speak at the dinner – I got George and company to wedge him into the program.
I was very disappointed that he used it as a forum to complain about not being credentialed. I’d suggest to the Senator two things for next time: Please don’t meddle in CRA affairs and make sure that 4 units are not written out in the same handwriting and faxed from John Bovee’s office. I had several delegates that voted for Karen tell me that those were the four most obvious frauds. (as well as the 8 Coronas)
Sunday was quite a different day – threatened disruptions were anecdotal. However, it did not stop a bunch of hair-splitting delaying tactics about adopting the convention rules.
Karen’s crew, playing the martyrs, made a “stand” over the refund policy for the convention. That took 30 minutes. In all, the standard delaying tactics that you see at a convention lasted 1:45. This meant we started candidate speeches at 12:00 noon.
One of the candidate speeches featured a cheap-shot at George and I. Not a bad way to end the weekend.
After a gut-wrenching weekend I nearly lost my composure in my candidate speech – fortunately, I only had 20 seconds left.
There was no screaming and yelling – just more threats from David Reade and Mark Spannagel and others over refunds. Of course, Tim LaFever was lurking around with his phone as well.
Their behavior was much more subdued on Sunday.
We balloted – and that took 15 minutes.
I had made 400 ballots. We had one spoiled, 123 unused and 276 cast.
I had three of Karen’s supporters in the room – including my opponent, Ron Givens and former CRA President Ken Mettler along with 4 of my deputies.
It still took 1.5 hours to do the count.
There were about half the people left in the room when I came back – apparently the scintillating debate over resolutions and by-laws whittled away a lot of the crowd.
It was a bizarre experience announcing the results. I was asked to speak really slow so people could tweet the results. And, I was also asked to announce the vote totals.
Midway through the announcement, someone from Long Beach heckled me asking for a recount – that’s when I informed the convention that 8 people split amongst both camps counted the ballots.
Again – I nearly lost my composure when I announced my own victory.
After getting attacked repeatedly in a variety of ways – victory was the best answer.
I don’t know if the slander itself is worse or the fact that some people actually believe that crap.
It was a political earthquake. Contract with the CRA won – and ran the table against a group of consultants, lawyers, some members of the legislature who waded in to CRA affairs for some reason and union style tactics.
Maybe in the ensuing months both the true extent of the attempted fraud and the powers that attempted the takeover of CRA will be revealed.
The CRA will survive – because the CRA is an idea, it is not the Park Brothers, it is not a group of people – the CRA is an idea.