In the interest and expectation of having free and fair elections in Wisconsin, this request is to the RPW for recinding and modifications of the Candidate Endorment Policy
In 2020, we found our faith in our election security shaken and the relative process questionably executed. Additionally, it is well known, though not publicly acknowledged by RPW that certain activities and actions are being carried out and taken to limit the campaign field of viable candidates, candidate platforms, policy messaging.
It is in the spirit and expectation of free and fair elections that we and the signers of this petition demand that the Republican Party of Wisconsin exemplifies and demonstrates its commitment to the integrity of our elections by rescinding and modifying the restrictions on candidates and timelines associated with qualifying for the RPW nomination.
We acknowledge that officially the RPW states that it supports all candidates and platforms equally but unofficially has already decided on what platform and candidates they have selected for their support and subsequent party nomination.
Some of these actions and activities include…
It is due to this cloudy and murky nomination process that The Modern Patriot and supporting candidates, voters, and patriots are issuing the following demands of the Republican Party of Wisconsin to ensure that republican primary elections are fair and declared candidates get an absolute and fair chance at the offices they are seeking.
It has long been rumored and argued that the RPW has been quietly urging candidates to drop out of their races and that the RPW has long since already decided which candidates they want to run in the 2022 primary in August.
This declaration and subsequent petition have been developed to protect our primaries and the following general election to ensure that all candidates currently seeking office and the RPW nomination are allowed a fair opportunity and reasonable time to both fundraise and promote their platforms without the impedance of the state party’s perceived bias of candidates.
We issue the following demands and petition to accomplish four objectives.
The RPW deadline for fundraising and subsequent Nomination Committee selection will be pushed back to Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
The RPW will rescind the “Post-Primary Unity Pledge”
The RPW will make public any and all documents and required pledges regarding the criteria for compliance by candidates to be “in general agreement with the principles of the Republican Party”
The RPW will cease absolving incumbents from all viability requirements
Recently, the Modern Patriot came into possession of the fabled nominations restrictions and requirements they have placed on candidates seeking partisan state offices in Wisconsin. Link to PDF File
Below is the transposed copy taken directly from the RPW Endorsement PDF. Modifications are simply corrections to spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Report of the Endorsement Committee, Recommended Endorsement Policy, December 10, 2021
Approved by Executive Committee December 19, 2021
It shall be the policy of the Republican Party of Wisconsin to determine the viability of candidates for partisan statewide office in the state of Wisconsin including,
In accordance with Article VIII, Section 2 of the Republican Party of Wisconsin Constitution, only those candidates deemed viable shall be eligible for endorsement at the Republican Party of Wisconsin State Convention. This viability process shall occur under the auspices of the Endorsement Committee. However, it shall be the exclusive responsibility of the Executive Committee of the RPW to approve candidates to be placed on the endorsement ballot.
Viability is defined by Webster as, (1) “The ability to function adequately”; and “the ability to succeed or be sustained”. Viability is viewed in the context of the ability to conduct a statewide campaign including raising necessary funds, planning a winning campaign strategy, building an adequate staff, building and sustaining an adequate volunteer network, having a strong message that can win a majority of the voters, and unifying the party. It is realized that some judgments by the Party will be subjective and will be considered in the broadest possible way.
No candidate will be considered for endorsement who has been convicted of a serious felony or is charged with a felony by a state or federal district attorney unless the State Executive Committee by a two-thirds vote by secret ballot shall permit such a candidate to be considered.
The Endorsement Committee shall hold its meetings at a time and place convenient to its members and at intervals conducive to the carrying out of its business. For the purpose of candidate interviews, a minimum of five (5) members must be present.
The Endorsement Committee shall entertain all candidates that present themselves to determine if they are viable and eligible for endorsement. It shall be the policy of the Endorsement Committee to meet with and assess the candidates in a fair and impartial manner. Any candidates deemed viable and eligible for endorsement by the committee shall be entitled to receive assistance from the State party until the endorsement vote takes place at the State Convention.
Unless otherwise determined by the Endorsement Committee, incumbent Republican officeholders shall be deemed viable and shall automatically be eligible for endorsement.
This shall not preclude the Endorsement Committee from interviewing, and determining the viability of, candidates who enter a primary campaign against an incumbent. However, the burden of convincing the committee of his/her viability shall rest overwhelmingly with the challenger and he/she shall provide a detailed campaign plan and demonstrate an ability to raise money and develop a support system and differentiate his/herself from the incumbent.
Furthermore, the candidate must be deemed beneficial to the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
Candidate viability may be based on many differing factors. When meeting with and discussing candidates the following may be reviewed and considered in making the determination of viability.
The Endorsement Committee shall conduct an assessment interview to determine the viability of the potential candidates at least 30 days prior to the state convention.
All candidates participating in the viability assessment process will agree to support the winner of the primary race in the general election, regardless of who receives the endorsement.
Upon request by a potential candidate, the Endorsement Committee shall provide all potential candidates with a fair and unbiased assessment of their viability.
When a potential candidate is identified or comes forward, the potential candidate shall be apprised of this policy. Except as otherwise stated in this policy, information related to the Committee’s deliberations shall remain confidential except the final determination of viability. The Endorsement Committee Chair will report on its activities to the Executive Committee on a regular basis either through regularly scheduled State Executive Committee meetings or scheduled conference calls.
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