The Secret To Hold Our Elected Officials Accountable

I just heard that the Carson City Republican Party sent Assemblyman P.K. O’Neill a letter (below) stating that he was being kicked off the Central Committee over voting for the largest tax hike in Nevada history and that he violated the County Platform regarding education and taxes.

Yep, kicking him off the Central Committee will show him, right?

Now he is going to be a good Republican and follow the Party Platform from now on, right?

Don’t hold your breath.

Reminds me of last year when the Clark County Republican Party censured Assemblyman Paul Anderson, and others, for not following the Party Platform.

How did that work out?

But there is a way to hold our elected officials accountable and get rid of the RINO’s.

It’s found in the Nevada Revised Statutes. Yes, there is a law. It’s found in NRS 293.177. It’s called the Declaration of Candidacy.

You see, ALL candidates when they file for office MUST sign the Declaration of Candidacy. Here it is (BOLD emphasis mine):

Declaration of Candidacy of …….. for the
Office of …………….

State of Nevada

County of …………………..

For the purpose of having my name placed on the official ballot as a candidate for the ……………. Party nomination for the office of ………, I, the undersigned …….., do swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that I actually, as opposed to constructively, reside at ………., in the City or Town of ……., County of ………., State of Nevada; that my actual, as opposed to constructive, residence in the State, district, county, township, city or other area prescribed by law to which the office pertains began on a date at least 30 days immediately preceding the date of the close of filing of declarations of candidacy for this office; that my telephone number is …………, and the address at which I receive mail, if different than my residence, is ………; that I am registered as a member of the ……………. Party; that I am a qualified elector pursuant to Section 1 of Article 2 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada; that if I have ever been convicted of treason or a felony, my civil rights have been restored by a court of competent jurisdiction; that I have not, in violation of the provisions of NRS 293.176, changed the designation of my political party or political party affiliation on an official application to register to vote in any state since December 31 before the closing filing date for this election; that I generally believe in and intend to support the concepts found in the principles and policies of that political party in the coming election; that if nominated as a candidate of the ……………. Party at the ensuing election, I will accept that nomination and not withdraw; that I will not knowingly violate any election law or any law defining and prohibiting corrupt and fraudulent practices in campaigns and elections in this State; that I will qualify for the office if elected thereto, including, but not limited to, complying with any limitation prescribed by the Constitution and laws of this State concerning the number of years or terms for which a person may hold the office; and that I understand that my name will appear on all ballots as designated in this declaration.

(Designation of name)

(Signature of candidate for office)

Imagine that. Signed under the penalty of perjury. This is found in NRS 199.145. This states:

NRS 199.145  Statement made in declaration under penalty of perjury.  A person who, in a declaration made under penalty of perjury:
1.  Makes a willful and false statement in a matter material to the issue or point in question; or
2.  Willfully makes an unqualified statement of that which the person does not know to be true, or who suborns another to make in such a declaration a statement of the kind described in subsection 1 or 2, is guilty of perjury or subornation of perjury, as the case may be, which is a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.

And what is the penalty for committing perjury on a Declaration?

199.130 2(d) A category D felony is a felony for which a court shall sentence a convicted person to imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 4 years. In addition to any other penalty, the court may impose a fine of not more than $5,000, unless a greater fine is authorized or required by statute.

Felons cannot run for public office in Nevada.

Hmmm. And what is the Carson City Republican Party accusing Assemblyman O’Neill of doing? That’s right, violating the County Platform. Interesting.

While I agree that Assemblyman O’Neill should be kicked off the Central Committee, the Carson City Republican Party should sue Assemblyman O’Neill for perjury.

This is how we hold our elected officials accountable.

Here’s the text of the letter…

Assemblyman P.K. O’Neill,

You were sent to the legislature to represent your constituents. Your campaign material indicated that you were against the Margins Tax (renamed the Commerce Tax). November 4th, 2014 four out of five voters state wide said that they did not support a new business tax for education. Your vote in favor of the Commerce Tax was in direct opposition to republican principals, the will of the citizens of Nevada, and your campaign promises.

You ran as a Republican, accepted money from, and were elected by Republicans. During the Carson City Republican Party (CCRCC) endorsement process you indicated that you would support the County Republican platform. You violated the County Platform regarding education and taxes.

Your support of Commerce Tax violated the trust placed in you and calls your integrity into question. As an organization that worked to see that you were supported, endorsed, and elected, your vote has sullied our reputation. For these reasons the Carson Republican Party (CCRCC) Executive Board is considering your removal from the Carson City Republican Party (CCRCC). You are invited to defend yourself at a special board meeting to be held at Republican Headquarter 1931 Suite B, California Street, at 6pm the 26 of April, 2016.

Should the Board vote to remove you from the Carson City Republican Party (CCRCC) you may appeal the decision at the full Carson City Republican Party (CCRCC) membership meeting to be held at 7pm the 28th of April, 2016 at the Silver Charter School.

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