What was expected to be a ho-hum general assembly meeting at the state GOP convention this morning dragged out into a prolonged fight over the party's rules committee calling an impromptu meeting last night about a resolution coordinating a proposed merger between two rival young Republican factions.
It was an awkward start to what was supposed to be a pep rally celebrating Republican unity and the promising campaigns of gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina.
Rules Committee Chairman Mike Osborn called three votes on the committee's decision to postpone taking on the resolution, with critics of the committee's action finally forcing a person-by-person vote count rather than the usual choruses of ayes and nays.
Dissenting delegates questioned whether the committee had a quorum last night.
"We're divided on this," said Bob Hauter, a delegate from Santa Barbara County. "There's an arbitration going on. We can leave that here and we don't give the press and the Democrats all this information on the fight going on."
About 70 minutes into the fight, the assembly finally approved the committee's postponement of the measure, which would have overseen the proposed merger of the California Young Republicans and the Young Republican Federation of California.