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Cheyenne, WY 82001
iCaucus National Statement
Regarding Endorsement in North Carolina Congressional District 11
It has come to the attention to the national leadership of iCaucus that there were several misstatements put forth from other candidates at a community forum in this district. This statement is intended to clear up any misunderstandings on the part of the candidates or the citizens of the district.
First, even though the vetting and endorsement process is completed at the local level, the national organization does oversee the process and is responsible for sending out and tallying the vote whether to endorse or not. The national organization oversees the local level to ensure the process is followed according to standards set by the delegates nationwide.
With this information in mind, it is helpful to know how the process works in 2012. This will clear up the misstatements made by the candidates at the forum. The vetting process is and was completed in the following manner:
The process begins when either a candidate is referred by a member or affiliate group member, or the candidate contacts iCaucus directly. At that time, the vetting teams contact each of the other candidates who are filed in the district and invite them into the process. A deadline is given for participation to ensure that the endorsement process moves forward in a timely manner. It is up to each candidate to either acceptor decline the offer.
As each candidate begins the vetting process, they are asked to register on the iCaucus website. Once that step is complete, the candidate is emailed information to access the Candidate Qualifying Questionnaire (CQQ). Let me be clear on two things; 1) the CQQ for 2012 has been revised from 2010 and 2) the CQQ is only available in a special area for our candidates. This is in place to ensure candidates cannot see the questions prior to being granted access. Any candidate who claims to have seen the questions for 2012 may be confused on the 2010 questions versus the2012 questions. The candidate must pass the CQQ with a score of 70% or more.
Candidates who are not incumbents, then need to undergo a background check, just as most people have to go through as part of pre-employment screening. This information is put out as a “pass” or “fail”
Each candidate must now submit to a job interview. This interview is approximately45-50 minutes long. The interview panel of 3-5 persons is made up of members and/or affiliate group members. In the case of CD11, iCaucus leaders who had worked for and with the 2010 endorsed candidate were not part of the interview team.
Caucus period- this is the period of time the members and affiliate group members are able to ask additional questions of the candidate and discuss the pros and cons of
Endorsement vote- after the caucus period, the endorsement vote is sent out to iCaucus members and affiliate group members. A minimum of 50 members/affiliate group members are required to vote in the district in order for the candidate to be eligible for endorsement. The candidate must receive a minimum of 70% affirming the desire to endorse a single candidate. This process was followed in the case ofCD11. Furthermore, our system has the ability to distinguish whether the member is in the district and therefore should be voting in the endorsement. This process was also followed.
Another issue iCaucus would like to clear up is the idea that there is an inherent bias when we are putting a candidate back through the process that was previously endorsed. There are changes to iCaucus for 2012. New members have become part of the process. The Federal Candidate leader for iCaucus Vetting in North Carolina is not from the CD11 district, there are many more members who are associated with our brand new affiliate group program (some are nationwide organizations) and therefore were not part of the endorsement of any candidate last election cycle. This would tend to do away with that argument.
One final issue to be dealt with. Those of you who were present at the forum recently heard a candidate claim that the vetting questions were so thorough (thank you for the compliment) that they could not be answered yes or no. We have included a handout with sample questions from both the 2010 and 2012 CQQ. We will leave it up to the citizens of the state and districts to determine whether this was a factual comment.
Thank you for your time and attention.
iCaucus Executive Board
Stephanie Jahn, President
Dara Bailey, Vice-President
Scott Woods, Vice-President
2710 Thomas Ave, Suite 322
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Examples of Federal Vetting Questions
As part of the iCaucus vetting process, each candidate must complete a Candidate Qualifying Questionnaire. Below are examples of the questions and the possible answers on the questionnaires from 2010 and 2012.
1. Do you fully understand and agree that the 10th amendment limits the Federal Government to the *30 enumerated powers that are specified in the Constitution? (*Note: Twenty specifics powers are enumerated in Article I, section 8 and the balance are found listed in various sections throughout the rest of the Constitution.) Yes /No _____
2. Do you commit to oppose any legislation or treaties which would do one or more of the following: Limit the sovereignty of the United States, Violate the rights of the People as spelled out in the Bill of Rights, and/or any treaties that would have the effect of creating laws which are applied to the people directly instead of to the government? Yes/No ______
3. The 2nd point in the “Code of Ethics for U.S. Government Service”, adopted on July 11th,1958 by the U.S. House of Representatives with the Senate concurring; stipulates that any person in government service should “Uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.”
Therefore, in regards specifically to all existing Federal Immigration laws, do you commit to uphold the Constitution, laws, and legal regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion; including full funding and completion of all legislated border security? Yes/No _____
1. Do you commit to work to pass legislation to uphold the right of individuals to join or not to join a union without affecting their ability to secure a job with the employer encumbered by such a union? Yes / No / Need Further Clarification _____
2. Do you commit to support legislation that would eliminate all GSEs; which would include the establishment of a date beyond which no further GSE loan guarantees will be
issued or honored by government; which will effectively allow the “secondary mortgage”market to go fully private? Yes / No / Need Further Clarification _____
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