It pains me to write this letter, but every Republican in Louisiana should know about Roger Villere’s behavior at the state convention last weekend. I was a delegate elected from District 6 and was appalled by the dirty dealings going on. I believe that most Republicans are kind, decent people and deserve to know about Villere’s work; sunlight disinfects.
Less than 24 hours before the convention opened, Villere issued “supplimental rules” that essentially negated the convention process. These were not minor changes or clarifications; they were rules specifically designed to overturn the caucus results and allow Villere to select the winners (see KTBS convention coverage for confirmation of this intent).
Villere had a minority of delegates so couldn’t reach quorum or win a majority vote under Robert’s Rules. So he set quorum at 1/3 (instead of 50 percent) and required 3/4 majorities to pass motions. That conveniently allowed the Villere faction to muster its own quorum and block votes even though they were in a substantial minority.
Rigging conventions and negating elections calls to mind Chavez’s Venezuela or Putin’s Russia. The Louisiana GOP executive committee should never engage in such antics. The Villere debacle violated every tenet of honesty, decency, and fair play. Does this behavior represent conservative values?
Villere and the executive committee have shown themselves worthy of the contempt and distrust that many ordinary people hold for elected officials. They have demonstrated the callous arrogance and autocracy with which the media paints Republicans. Do you ever wonder why these caricatures stick so well in the minds of the general public?
The Republican Party must clean its own house before it can improve government or win the trust and support of everyday people. I suggest starting with Villere and the executive committee. Any group this arrogant, this unfair cannot lead a party of kind, decent people; one or other must depart.