By Paul Yeager
It was my pleasure this evening to serve as a delegate to the Eleventh District Republican Party Convention. The highlight of the evening for me was making a motion to approve the resolution shown below. I am pleased to report that the resolution passed with an overwhelming majority. I suspect that if more people were better informed on the issue, it may well have been unanimous.
RESOLUTION- Due Process for NCGOP Chairman
WHEREAS, Hasan Harnett was duly elected by the rank and file members of the North Carolina Republican Party at the 2015 State Convention; and
WHEREAS, Hasan Harnett continues to serve the State GOP with a special regard for the concerns and opinions of the grass roots activists of the party; and
WHEREAS, by the State GOP Plan of Organization, Hasan Harnett’s term of elected office extends until the State GOP convention of 2017; and
WHEREAS, no criminal or civil charges have preferred against Hasan Harnett for any alleged malfeasance he may have committed in his capacity as NCGOP Chairman; and
WHEREAS, certain members of the State GOP Central Committee have sought to deny Hasan Harnett access to email, party databases, office space and other resources and technology he needs to perform his duties as prescribed by the Plan of Organization; and
WHEREAS, certain members of the State GOP interpret the Plan of Organization in such manner as to construe it to give them the powers to over-ride Hasan Harnett in the routine execution of his duties; and
WHEREAS, certain members of the Central Committee have sought to usurp powers of the Executive Committee as prescribed by the Plan of Organization in controlling or disciplining Hasan Harnett in his capacity as NCGOP Chairman; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED by the North Carolina Republican Party Eleventh District that Hasan Harnett is to be sustained as the NCGOP Chairman with the full powers and authority as prescribed by the Plan of Organization until his term of elected office is completed; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NCGOP Central Committee is directed to work collaboratively with the Chairman in a positive and productive manner, to afford the Chairman all the rights, privileges and courtesies associated with the position, and to refrain from denying him access to his email, party databases, office space, or any resources afforded the previous Chairmen, without due process and the expressed permission of the Executive Committee.
Note: Many people at the convention thanked me and complimented me on the resolution. As I tried to be sure to tell each of them, I did not write it. It was taken almost verbatim from the NCGOP 2016 Convention Resolution Committee’s report. I would like to acknowledge their good work, as well as that of Lynette Crump Ramsey, who provided the required copies for distribution, and the handful of folks who sat with me writing my name and county on the bottom of each copy.