Jim Greer: There will be no vote on rescinding my chairmanship
Setting the stage for a potential legal fight or at the very least a vote of confidence, Jim Greer has agreed to hold a special meeting - but says that critics are barred from holding any vote on rescinding his chairmanship as they had planned.
Dear Committee Members:
Pursuant to Article IX, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State Republican Executive Committee of Florida, and at the written request of a sufficient number of State Committee members, I am calling a special meeting of the State Executive Committee. The special meeting will be held in conjunction with the previously scheduled annual meeting of the State Executive Committee on January 9, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
The stated purpose of the special meeting as set forth in the request is "to submit to the State Committee members for vote by secret ballot to: Rescind the January, 2009, election of the Chairman, Jim Greer, for charges and cause as stated [in the request]." The RPOF Constitution and Rules do not permit consideration of a motion to rescind the election of an officer.
Article IV, section 3 of the RPOF Constitution provides in relevant part that "[a]ll officers of the State Committee and Congressional District Chairmen shall be elected to a term of two (2) years." Article XI of the RPOF Constitution provides that "[t]he rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the State Committee in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with this Constitution of the State Committee." Chapter XX, section 61 of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised provides in relevant part that if "the bylaws provide that officers shall serve only a fixed term, such as "for two years," [as opposed to "two years or until their successors are elected"] . . . an officer can be deposed from office only by following the procedures for dealing with offenses by members outside a meeting."
Therefore, because the RPOF Constitution specifies fixed two year terms, rather than two years "or until their successors are elected," the
procedures for dealing with offenses by members outside a meeting as set forth in Rule 22 of the RPOF Rules of Procedure govern such disciplinary matters. Rule 22 does not provide for consideration of the motion described in the request for special meeting.
For these reasons, the stated purpose of the requested special meeting is not permitted under the RPOF Constitution and Rules.
James A. Greer