This is a particularly IMPORTANT event for the CCW cause in OC. PLEASE Come out and let your voices be heard AGAIN.... And this time, it will be to people who really can effect the Sheriffs political future. If she loses the Backing of the OC Republican Party, she is all but through come 2010.
The meeting will be this Saturday at a location to be determined. So try to clear your calendars. When we know the location, we will update this thread.
By Allan Bartlett | 03/25/09 | 11:33 PM | 5 Commentshttp://twitter.com/home?status=Reading: The+Sheriff,+CCW+Pol The Sheriff, CCW Policy, And The Republican Party | Red County
The issue of concealed carry weapons(CCW) policy has reached the inner sanctum of the Republican Party here locally in OC. It has been bubbling up ever since the new sheriff decided that she was going to implement her own views regarding this policy after she was appointed sheriff last year. Last month, an effort was mounted by Bruce Whitaker of the Central Committee to pass a resolution of no confidence against Mrs Hutchens' CCW policy. It narrowly missed getting the necessary two thirds vote to take up the issue under suspension of the rules by three votes, 24 to 16.
The issue now resides in the party's Resolution Committee. Chairman Scott Baugh appointed me as the new chairman of the committee at the last meeting. The political "hot potato" is now in my lap. It is my job to call a meeting of the committee and report back what happened to the Executive Committee. I have chosen the date of Saturday April 4th at 10am at a place TBD. My intention is to have the meeting be as open as possible and let as many Republicans as possible come speak their piece on this issue...this includes the sheriff, should she desire to come down and explain her policy to the committee. As soon as the location is nailed down, I will be sending her an invitation to speak. I have to say that going into this, a lot of central committee members are very disturbed by her stated policy of narrowly interpreting the law that gives her wide discretion about issuing permits. This issue cuts to the core of our civil liberties and Constitution. It should be an interesting and lively meeting.
The members of the Resolution Committee are: Allan Bartlett(chairman), Kristine Alonzo, Mark McCurdy, the Honorable Thomas Fuentes, Pat Burnes, Craig Alexander, and Marcia