From an email by a reliable source who attended the RICO GOP meeting November 21:
“At the end of the meeting, Bill Albracht, who ran against Jacobs last year for IL Senate, stormed forward as someone was making a motion to dismiss the meeting and did the following: ‘I have in my hand a Robert’s Rules of Order censure for member Jonathan Wallace for disrupting and obstructing the progress of this group by not giving over the domain of ricogop.com. We have tried to reach him many times regarding this and he is refusing to talk to us like a little [expletive deleted]. We have taken this all the way to Tom Cross and Kevin Artl and they are just as frustrated with the situation as we are but were unable to do anything about it. So I ask that this group formally censure this member, have him banned from all things related to RICOGOP and he will not be working for the state party much longer.’.
“Chair, Mike Steffen, joined in the praise and necessity of this censure. After several questions from members of the audience it was determined that Jon would have no chance to defend himself since he was not present last night and it was approved by 75% of those in attendance…”
My correspondent says that Wallace is not even a member of the Rock Island County GOP. So in my view this episode has an air of political theatre—or scapegoating, at the least. Maybe it’s just to give catharsis to the hapless RICOGOP—lord knows they need some relief from their bumbling and fecklessness.
But further, this indicates to me that the Rock Island County Republican Party is just as undemocratic as the already widely known undemocratic Rock Island County Democrat Party.