Two warring parties of Virgin Island Republicans finally got a resolution to their bizarre, months-long delegate saga Wednesday.
After months of legal battles, a violent meeting at a gun range in St. Croix and public chiding back and forth, the Republican National Committee's Committee on Contests finally picked who the official delegates from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the Republican National Convention should be.
In an agreed to settlement, the committee declared Wednesday that John Yob – a Michigan-based GOP consultant turned Virgin Island resident and delegate who authored the book "Chaos: The Outsider's Guide to a Contested Republican National Convention." Yob – along with his wife and another Michigan pal– will now officially serve as delegates. The competing slate will be allowed to attend the convention, but won't be eligible to vote for the next Republican presidential nominee.
Yob was elected in March, but a faction of the Virgin Islands Republican Party rejected his election and put forth its own slate, after allegations surfaced that Yob and the others had lied about their residency when they registered to vote and therefore were ineligible to be on the ballot.
The GOP chairman sought to kick Yob and others off the delegate slate because they had "failed to comply with rule 11," a rule that required "individuals to 'confirm, in writing, that he or she accepts election' and that they are 'willing and able' to attend the 2016 Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio."
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