In a personal note to the convention delegates:
We moved fast, last night. Congratulations to the delegates. They were a great group and very informed on so many races. I hope we continue to take on the kind of agenda we did at this most recent convention.
I regret one particular dialogue which occurred. A delegate spoke with me today about an unfounded allegation made by a visitor who was not authorized properly to address the convention delegates. The member who expressed a valid disappointment in my judgment is the vice president of Tulsa County Republican Mens Club. His club decided to facilitate a debate on a legislative issue called National Popular Vote. The president of the club is now running for a county office.
I allowed a visiting observer to speak (which is against the NFRA rules for conducting this event). The visitor claimed that one candidate was a big supporter of National Popular Vote.
I did some extensive research today and discovered that the allegation is not credible. Even those who do support NPV confirmed as much. I'd hate to think that someone would accuse me of supporting the agenda of every speaker whom I invite to address the group.
Sadly, I believe this 'last minute' allegation may have impacted the integrity of the vote in that race. I will do my best to maintain a greater respect for the rules in the future.
~ David Van Risseghem
President TARA, 2017-19
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