What Happened at Last Night’s No-Confidence Vote
Here is the Cliffs-Notes version of the no-confidence vote taken on Giovanni Cicione as State Republican Chairman, at last night’s Republican State Central Committee meeting. Early in the evening, the Central Committee voted to reject the agenda (I’m not sure if that was intended to help the pro-closed primary folks or the anti closed primary folks). As a result, business was conducted according to a “generic” agenda, which includes committee reports. When the Chairmen’s Caucus turn came, Charimen’s Caucus Chairman Phil Hirons reported a resolution of no-confidence in the state chair that had been passed by his committee (comprised of the city and town chairs) and called for a vote on it.
Since Chariman Cicione himself was the subject of the resolution, he chose to turn the running of the meeting over to 1st Vice-Chair Nancy Richmond…
- RI GOP 1st Vice-Chair Nancy Richmond asks Phil Hirons to state the matter being voted on.
- Lincoln Town Chairman Michael Napolitano spoke in favor of the no-confidence resolution.
- Delegate Sean Gately spoke against.
- Former Parliamentarian John Clarke (who had resigned the parliamentarian’s position earlier in the evening, so he could take a position on the business being discussed during the evening) spoke in favor of the no-confidence resolution.
- Former chairman (and current delegate, I assume) Bernard Jackvony spoke against the no confidence resolution.
- Tony Viveiros, Chairman of the Middletown Republican Town Committee, spoke in favor of the no confidence resolution.
- Chairman Cicione opposed the no-confidence resoultion, first answering some specific candidate recruiting issues brought up by John Clarke, then discussing the matter-at-hand more broadly.
In the end, the no-confidence resolution was rejected by a vote of 48-75. Chairman Cicione concluded formal consideration of the matter by offering a message of conciliation.
Later in the evening, the change to the by-laws which would close the primary was given its first reading. However, because of a provision in Rhode Island state law regarding lead-time for rules changes that would affect a primary, and because the next scheduled meeting of the state central committee where a by-law change can be voted on is not until April, closing of the primary cannot take effect in time for the 2010 primary, under laws and procedures currently in effect.