Jan 15, 2007
Will the Livingston County GOP county convention be closed to the press again?
The Livingston County Republican Party will hold their county convention at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Livingston County Courthouse to choose delegates and alternates for the February state convention, and this time perhaps they will actually allow the media inside to cover it.
As you may recall, the Republicans struck a blow for secrecy and government behind closed doors in smoke filled rooms - if smoking were still allowed in the courthouse - when they barred the media from its convention and slammed the door in their face back on Nov. 30 when it chose its party leadership. I asked the question then, and I will ask it again now.
“Have you ever heard of any party convention where the local newspapers were barred from a convention, be it county or state convention?” No one has yet heard of such an instance. Apparently there was, and still may be, a battle centered around the more sane and moderate elements in the party attempting to halt the more extreme elements of the party from completely taking over, and they did not want the press and the public to see that.
It remains to be seen if the convention is open to the press.