Interim MDGOP Chair, Diana Waterman released another misleading statement this afternoon regarding her to remove National Committeewoman Nicolee Ambrose from the RNC Standing Committee on Rules.
In an email to central committee members Waterman writes
I wanted to share an update on the situation I wrote to you about concerning the RNC Standing Rules Committee. While those who are issuing their criticisms may continue, the fact is, as confirmed by the RNC, that the committee membership was not considered set or seated until after the March 1st deadline and even beyond that deadline a state's RNC representatives may caucus and nominate a new member. I am attaching an email issued today by the RNC that clearly states there was no procedural issue with Louis Pope's re-appointment. We caucused Thursday by email to clarify the nomination of Louis Pope to remain on the Rules Committee.
What Waterman thinks is an acquittal is in fact an indictment.
The email she refers to, written by RNC Counsel John L. Ryder, states in part:
The RNC Counsel’s office has received conflicting letters with respect to the Maryland delegation’s appointment to the RNC Standing Committee. While we were first notified on February 19th that Nicolee Ambrose was designated as Maryland’s appointee, on February 28th, we were subsequently notified of the delegation’s rescission of her appointment and its appointing of Louis Pope to the committee.
Ryder’s email refutes Waterman's March 25th email to central committee members, in which she wrote "
Furthermore, there is nothing in Ryder’s email that affirms Waterman’s claim that Ambrose’s appointment was “not considered set or seated until after the March 1st deadline.”
Waterman’s claim that her replacement of Ambrose with Pope was procedurally correct is responding to an argument no one made. In fact, it reinforces the fact that she removed Ambrose from the committee.
And it bears repeating