Paul Campaign Unmasks Irregularities in King County and Insists Upon
King County GOP’s PCO appointment and
reporting to date are
inconsistent with the spirit of WSRP rules and must be rectified
Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign announced today that its attorneys
have sent a letter to the King County, Washington Republican Party and
state Republican Party leadership alerting them to the fact that the
King County organization’s actions with respect to the appointment of
Precinct Chief Officers (PCOs) are inconsistent with the spirit of
Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) rules.
In doing so, the campaign and its legal team are examining the full
impact of the county leadership’s secrecy in refusing to name PCOs that
are automatic delegates to the Republican Party state convention.
so-called automatic PCOs, by law, are required to have been appointed
and their identity known beginning December 1, 2011 but no later than
December 14, 2011.
To date, the King County Republican leadership under its chair Lori
Sotero has refused to divulge the names of the automatic
This raises the serious allegation of whether the King County GOP made
last-minute appointments comprised of automatic PCOs that are hostile
to the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign.
Not resting until the matter is resolved in full, and with all legal
options remaining on the table, the Paul campaign and its attorneys are
conducting a rigorous independent audit of all King County automatic
PCOs to ascertain who they are, when they were appointed, and whether
their appointment by the party complies with WSRP rules. If the
campaign and its attorneys discover that appointments inconsistent with
WSRP rules were in fact made, the campaign will act to have the state
party credentialing committee refuse to allow the offending King County
delegates to participate in the state convention, and will act to have
the Republican National Convention officials do the same.
“I’m unsurprised by allegations of shenanigans happening inside the
King County Republican establishment, which is unfriendly to the party
and political reforms many Washingtonians want to see. However,
recent secrecy and cavalier attitude toward not complying with their
own rules is deeply troubling and upon knowledge of our complaint there
will be ripple effects of suspicion and outrage throughout the nation,”
said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.
“To be sure, all options are on the table including the ‘nuclear
option’ of disallowing King County automatic PCOs-cum-RNC delegates to
be seated at the Republican National Convention. To those who
deliberately may be a part of this shameful chapter in Washington’s
political process, I suggest you don’t pack your bathing suit for Tampa
just yet,” added Mr. Benton.
To view online a PDF version of the letter sent from the Paul campaign
attorneys to the King County and Washington State Republican
leadership, please click here