In part, from the Detroit Free Press:
EAST LANSING -- In a raucous, record-setting eight-hour session, tea
1) Waiting in line for 2 hours to get in to the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan was outrageous. The lack of organization was inexcusable. However, though we were irritated, we were perfectly calm. There was no "storming" of the gates. I used the time to network, to hand out my blog address, and to discuss issues. They finally just let us go in without having to MAKE credentials as we entered (Imagine!). We waited in line for 1/2 hour just to get a pop or hotdog or pop corn. ONE concession only was open for nearly 5 thousand people who were supposed to be paying attention to what was going on on the floor. I never got my credentials, by the way. State GOP Chairman Ron Weiser had to begin the Convention with an apology, saying, "We screwed up." Indeed.
2) I am still outraged over the fact that despite thousands of delegates hollering "NO" to a show-of-hands vote for , Ron Weiser decided to pay no attention to us. Was it our fault they had not made up paper ballots and would not take the time for a Roll Call vote? We were willing to take the time to give Cooper the vote he deserved. Weiser tried once again to bring reason to us and have us hand vote. Alternates, guests and delegates could have voted, for there was NO way to prevent it, and no one was there to actually COUNT the hands held high. It was a railroad to their desired outcome, for sure. Finally, their solution was to tell the new candidate to just bow out, and, despite the overwhelming number of delegates vigorously shouting for a real vote, he did so. During that pronouncement everyone shouted "NO!" (don't concede), but delegates' voices were countermanded by the "authority figures". The party must either not accept late candidates for the position - or they must give him a fair vote if they accept the candidate. This was not a democratic way to solve the problem. I am shocked and ashamed.
3) As a new delegate I truly resent being called the problem because I don't understand the "rules". I saw not ONE Tea Party sign. They can't possibly know it was the Tea Party who objected to their unfair politics. It was most of us, delegates fed up by injustices by any government.
4) I am NOT a "rump faction"! And we were not "trying to derail Rick Snyder's choice for Lieutenant Governor". We were trying to have his challenger get a fair vote, and that is ALL! If, as Ron Weiser says, "The surprise contest for lieutenant governor was a sign "that we're the party of openness," he left out one fact. We can be "open" to hear ideas from our delegates, but we will NOT do as they demand. They are the unwashed, I guess. Sound like Washington Democrats, do you think?