Report from Portland Caucus
Went to the Portland GOP caucus. First and foremost, the turnout was much higher than expected. It wasn't until after 10:30 that everyone was registered, and the election of caucus chair, secretary etc took place. Tom Elleman was elected caucus chair. I felt he did an outstanding job.
Then the speeches for the candidates took place. Milt Romney was there, and spoke on his own behave. Sounded like Ron Paul wrote his speech for him. Then the spokesman for Ron Paul was next. Thought he did a great job. The man was in his 70's, maybe 80's, military vet, and I thought made some excellent points.
Next was the spokesman for Rick Santourim. The man wasn't even from Maine. He was a elected county attorney, who frankly was pretty boring.
A motion was made after to have the straw poll taken, and after some discussion, was agreed. After the ballots was taken, it was then announced that anyone who wanted to be a delegate to approach, and give his or her name. Let me backtrack here. When you first registered, you were given a yellow card to vote in the preference poll, and a green card to vote for delegates. Keep this in mind.
After those who wanted to be a delegate was choosen, next came the actually voting. The Ron Paul people had passed out a list of those who were supporters who wanted to be delegates. After all of the ballots were collected, Mr. Elleman announced that there was a problem. There were 19 more ballots turned in then green cards received. So the vote was voided. I have no idea what happens next. Something was mentioned that ballots would be sent in the mail, and then turned in, and people would be notified who was a delegate. There is no plan on how the chair of the delegation would be choosen. So there you have it. A mess, and I have no idea what how it will be resolved.