Can a few elite members of the Republican Party, namely an appointed "issues committee," overturn the resolutions passed by a majority of elected delegates at the State Republican Convention?
I was appalled to read the comments of Rob Bishop, currently the Republican Party state chairman, in the report of the State Republican Convention, held May 9 in Orem.The story in the Deseret News reported Mr. Bishop to have said that he's been studying, along with a variety of party activists, the formation of an "issues committee." These appointed committee members "will take resolutions and other matters discussed in conventions and formulate firm statements." In the news story, it was inferred that Mr. Bishop expected that the half-dozen or so resolutions
passed at the state convention by delegates elected to represent their voting districtsT "may not become state Republican Party dogma."
I guess the Republican leadership doesn't care what the people think about an issue. If they don't like the resolutions they pass, they'll use their appointed "committee" to change the will of the people.
As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I have attended many State Republican Conventions. This attitude is directly opposite to the philosophy of "grassroots" participation.
The leadership of the Republican Party should represent the party members throughout the state. The collective voice of the people should be their mandate. That is determined through the party platform and the resolutions passed by the elected delegates at the official state party convention (or it should be).