I DID ask for the minutes of both the exec meeting and the bylaws meeting on the 17th of June. I have not seen them, nor a link to them. If they were recorded, please forward that link as well.
From what scuttlebutt I hear, the meetings did not go well. I tried my best to warn you that there was trouble brewing, and outlined my reasons for mistrusting Ms. Petsas. In that you ignored my observations, you now, are in a fair amount of trouble.
Not sharing member contact information is absolutely a big deal, and I have to believe you understand this concern. At least you should understand.
If you cannot see your way clear to share contact information with committee members, both exec and bylaws committees, then sir, I will have to retract the statement I made to you in March, when I said I was going to choose to trust you.
Not sharing such information, not allowing the committees to elect their own chairs, assigning someone else to manage the committees, instead of allowing open discussion to occur, etc., etc., etc., is NOT the way to lead the party. Unless your purpose is to turn the state over the Democrats, you need to change direction of party leaders.
Our bylaws clearly state: "The executive committee shall approve the annual budget and review and counsel the state chairman on all programs relating to the state party."
I have been a member of this committee for a couple of years at least. I have NEVER been part of any state budget review, let alone approval process. I have to ask, (which I have not done to this point) where were you when ex chair Graham put us $220,000 in debt? You, sir, were the treasurer! I need an explanation of just how you managed, with a straight face I might add, to clearly state last March that you were surprised. I need to understand how that happened, while you were treasurer. Just how did this happen? You need to explain.
Further, what exactly was the $220,000 for? How was it spent, who got those funds? Apparently, this amount was not included within whatever budget might have been approved by the exec committee, so my next question is who authorized this expenditure? If, and it does appear that this money was not approved by the executive committee, apparently not even known by you the treasurer no less, per your own statement in March, then are criminal investigations, and perhaps even criminal charges appropriate?
I am very concerned. If you, as treasurer at the time, was surprised (your words), then what have you done to understand what happened to that apparently misappropriated money?
These are questions that deserve answers. Should you choose to not respond to my email, I will take that as a sign that you are not interested in explaining how the above happened, and I will assume the worst. Both about Mr. Graham, and about you and your behavior in these matters.
Please understand that if I don't hear from you with answers to my concerns, I will be forced to assume that you have been part of this whole mess, and that you really don't want to fix any of these things I have mentioned.
The ball is in your court, at least for the moment. Say 7 days, AT LEAST TO RESPOND directly to me with something more positive than I have seen so far from you or our party leadership.
Seven days and counting,
Russell Sias, Chairman, La Paz County