County Republicans choose Romney

By Sarah Pridgeon

Bruce Brown, supporting presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has been selected to attend the National Republican Party Convention in August. The vote to select an alternate delegate, which took place at the Crook County Republican Party’s 2012 Convention on Saturday, represents the county’s official choice of candidate for the presidential elections.

Four delegates were nominated; Matt Goodson and David Thompson stood for candidate Ron Paul, receiving eight and zero votes respectively, while Wade Dennis represented candidate Newt Gingrich and received seven votes. Brown won the delegate position with a total of 11 votes.

Despite Rick Santorum winning the straw poll taken at the recent precinct caucus, no alternate delegate stood for him at the convention. “Delegates and alternate delegates attend the convention at their own expense, it’s a personal choice,” explains Chairman Ted Davis. “It could be that nobody stood up for Santorum because none of his supporters had the funds to do so.”

Wyoming’s counties take turns to vote for a delegate to represent the state at the National Convention. Having voted for a delegate during the previous presidential election, Crook County was this time tasked with electing an alternate delegate; an alternate acts as backup and is asked to represent the state only in the event that his or her corresponding delegate is unable to attend.

The party’s platforms and resolutions were discussed and refined during the convention. The completed document will be forwarded to the state resolution committee for review at the state convention, consolidating the views of each county at a state level.

Six planks were put forward, the first of which discussed protection of American citizenship by enforcing border integrity and repealing the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. The second plank focused on protecting the Constitution and included repeal of “Obamacare” and removal of the influence of foreign law and religious theology on legal jurisdiction.

The plank to protect the family meanwhile recommended support of the Defense of Marriage Act and recognition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. Plank four, regarding protection of private property, focused on reducing the limitations placed on landowners, while planks for protecting public interest, specifically in terms of natural resources in the county, and support for veterans completed the resolutions.

“The resolutions are mostly fairly consistent with what we already have,” says Chairman Ted Davis. “Repealing “Obamacare” will probably be strongly emphasized this year and repealing the National Defense Act, mostly because of the anti-terrorism clauses that allow a US citizen to be detained indefinitely, may be questioned at the state level. Removing religious theology from legal jurisdiction could also raise some eyebrows, because there was a lot of theology included in the founding of this country.”

The convention, and the annual Lincoln Day Dinner held immediately afterward, enjoyed attendance from guests including US Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, US Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.