In St. Charles, an exurb of St. Louis and one of the state’s largest GOP counties, Paul supporters sought to elect their own chairman and adopt their own rules when proceedings opened – both of which are part of standard caucus rules and procedure. But as they argued with the caucus chair, Paul supporters held video cameras – against caucus rules, according to a GOP official who was there – and things became contentious.
“It turned into a little food fight within the caucus, between the caucus chairman trying to control the caucus and certain elements, I guess with Ron Paul, trying to be heard,” said Tom Kipers, a former chairman of the St. Charles GOP, who attended the caucus at Francis Howell North High School.
An off-duty police officer, hired as security, eventually fielded a trespassing complaint against the Paul supporters and notified on-duty police in the area municipality of St. Peters, who, along with police from other jurisdictions, arrested two Paul supporters and ended the caucuses early. A joint-jurisdictional police helicopter arrived on the scene. Kipers said about 10 officers arrived in total.
So ten cops and a police helicopter had to be dispatched to an event where Republicans were simply trying to nominate their presidential candidate. How much did that cost taxpayers I wonder? The radicalized movement conservatives of today’s Republican Party can’t even muster enough civility towards one another to get through even this most basic election process, let alone compromise with members of the Democratic Party on complex lawmaking procedures. Why do so many rural Missourians continue to believe Republicans can run the government more effectively when they can’t even get through their own caucuses without it turning into mayhem? I don’t get it.