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May 31, 2008 03:18 AM UTC

The Fifth District GOP Assembly

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  • by: gopstudent

Considering that Bentley Rayburn was banned from distributing literature or having a display table at the fifth district assembly, and Doug Lamborn had almost no presence whatsoever, it was interesting to hear the overwhelming voice of discontent when a vote of acclamaition was proposed to put Jeff Crank on the primary ballot.

The proposal to elect Crank onto the ballot by a vote of aclaimation resulted in a loud protest of disagreement that left Bob Balink momentarily speechless as a Lamborn delegate proposed to amend the motion to remove the acclamation clause.  This amendment was passed and so was the motion, closing the ballot to only allow Jeff Crank.  However, the excitement quickly fizzled once delegates realized that the rules stipulated that by closing the ballot, any abstentions or non-nominated write-ins would result in a disqualification of the ballots.

The assembly ended on this anti-climatic note leaving many delegates disappointed that they would not be able to voice their support for the candidates of their choice.  

The overall tone of the assembly reflected the problems with the old guard good old boys club that continues to drive away support from within.  It was dull and lacked intensity.  The speech to nominate Crank seemed to be given off-the-cuff and lacked the excitement that accompanied his nomination in 2006.  This made me wonder, does Crank have the support that he claims is needed to beat Lamborn?  If judging by the tone of the delegates and the assembly, the answer is clearly no.

It may be time for Crank’s supporters to consider bringing this circus to an end and acting in the best interest of the party and the district.  After today’s events, perhaps it is time for Crank to step aside and let the stronger Bentley Rayburn face Doug Lamborn in the primary.

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  1. While I respect your fervor… the continued misrepresentation of facts is pretty interesting and unfortunately is and will be accompanied with a loss of credibility on this site.

    – Rayburn was not denied a table or the chance to pass lit

    – The rules were the same as they always are – namely, that someone who is not a candidate can’t be voted on (wow, a real stretch, that one.)

    – And overwhelming support in the room from Lamborn and Rayburn supporters? Hardly. I would say 30% of the room was for someone other than Crank. So while loud, they were not “overwhelming.” (Think Ron Paul supporters, loud? Yes. Effective? Not really.)

    Bottom line? If you think Rayburn is more effective I would challenge by what standard??

    Crank has raised more money.

    Crank has more individuals donors.

    Crank has more local supporters.

    Crank has higher name ID.

    And the kicker? What exactly has dramatically changed from the last election to now? Rayburn came in a distant third before. Where will increased support come from? I’m just curious how you see this math breaking to Rayburn. Plain and simple, unless he plans on kicking in ANOTHER 100k to his campaign, he’s done.

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