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Letter to the editor: On a fool's errand

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Recently, it was reported I was contacting Republican precinct committeepersons looking for support to replace Rep. Phyllis Pond in the 85th Indiana House District. This was incorrect. I received a copy of the current committeemen in the 85th who would be voting and concluded, correctly, that the deck had been stacked to ensure Casey Cox would be guaranteed to win.

Six well-intended people didn’t get the memo and underwent a fool’s errand. The Allen County Republican chairman appointed the vast majority of those who got to vote on Tuesday. Several of those running quickly realized the appointees were appointed for one reason and one reason only, to vote for Cox.

This is the kind of backroom vote-rigging that occurs in Allen County Republican politics. It is wrong for one person to be able to handpick a state representative. It is incumbent on the Indiana Republican Party to disallow appointed precinct committeepersons from voting in caucuses so as to end these abuses of power in the future.

Ric Runestad