Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cornell Republicans booted for endorsing Johnson

N.Y. College Republicans Rally Behind Cornell Chapter, Say Revocation Violated Federation’s Constitution | The Cornell Daily Sun - Drew Musto:

September 5, 2016 - "A string of college Republican chapters across New York State has issued statements denouncing the state federation’s decision to revoke its recognition of the Cornell Republicans on Sunday.

"The decision to revoke Cornell’s chapter came in the wake of the group’s endorsement of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson — an action the New York Federation of College Republicans called 'unacceptable.' The federation said that while the group would have been within its rights to refuse to endorse nominee Donald Trump, it could not endorse another party’s candidate....

"The Ithaca College Republicans condemned the NYFCR’s Executive Board’s decision, saying it was an 'egregious violation of the NYFCR constitution' in a resolution posted to the group’s Facebook page Monday.

"The constitution states that the NYFCR’s purpose is 'to promote the principles of [...] limited government, fiscal sensibility, economic freedom and personal responsibility,' and 'to aid in the election of candidates adhering to those values at every level of Government'.... The Cornell Republicans’ endorsement message argued that Johnson better exemplifies these conservative principles than either Trump or Hillary Clinton.

"'Governor Johnson’s commitment to fiscal conservatism is unparalleled,' their endorsement message says. 'Governing a blue state, he shrunk the size of the government, balanced the state’s budget, and never increased taxes. While we do not agree with all of his positions, we firmly support his devotion to free trade, states’ rights, and other conservative principles.'

"In their statement, the Ithaca College chapter also pointed out that there is no clause in the federation’s constitution that details the procedure for the expulsion of a member, suggesting that instead conservative groups should defer to a faith in free speech....

"Adam Dohrenwend, president of the Geneseo College Republicans, also released a statement Monday on behalf of his chapter’s executive board, calling NYFCR’s leadership 'irresponsible and heavy-handed' and its decision 'hasty'.

"''Not only is the action taken against Cornell unbecoming of an organization dedicated to the ideals of free speech and open discourse essential to the Republican Party, but it is also without any constitutional justification or precedent,' Dohrenwend wrote."

Read more: http://cornellsun.com/2016/09/05/n-y-college-republicans-rally-behind-cornell-chapter-say-revocation-violated-federations-constitution/
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