Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dirty Deeds: Did Meekhof Chief Of Staff DeVries Vote At Ottawa GOP Convention Despite Living In Kent County?

The Chief of Staff to State Senator Arlan Meekhof, Bob DeVries, is a Kent County resident, proudly posting on Twitter he recently voted for Congressman Justin Amash and State Rep. candidate Donijo DeJonge in the August primary.

A little residency issue didn't stop him from being significantly involved with the Ottawa County GOP convention however – potentially going as far as casting a vote that is at best against the rules and at worst illegal.

When the convention split up and individuals went to their geographic quadrants, DeVries caucused in the northwest quadrant, subsequently giving a speech advocating for candidates that were endorsed in the infamous orange flyer. Speeches were only to be given by candidates Who lived in that quadrant and were candidates for the state convention. So, why did he give a speech?

DeVries then stood in line after people were done speaking to collect a ballot. I can't remember if he actually cast a ballot, but I vividly remember him standing in line waiting to receive one, as I could not stand to be near him, I wanted to know where he was.

Northwest quadrant co-captain Chad Bassett told West Michigan Politics he couldn't recall whether or not DeVries turned in a ballot. The other co-captain,  Michael Kuras, was unavailable for comment.

Bassett remembered DeVries giving a speech and caucusing in the quadrant. Bassett also recalled seeing DeVries' name on ballots that were voted on, but that is LIKELY his father, who shares the same name and who was also in attendance at the convention.

This is in addition to controversy surrounding DeVries and his boss, State Sen. Arlan Meekhof, over their involvement in the orange flyer, problems with Ottawa County's delegate and alternate list, and the stunning termination of executive director Faith Steketee.

Rep. Bill Huizenga, and State Representative Joe Haveman also have ties to the controversy.

Jeff Fuss, A long time party activist, implied  Huizenga's Half brother Jim Barry said  at a meeting shortly before the county convention that he wanted to keep certain delegates from attending the state convention. Barry was named interim Executive Director Thursday night after the firing of Faith Steketee.

Joe Haveman was on site when Steketee was fired, smiling as a lock company came to keep the newly deposed executive director from reentering the premises...

Read more below:

Firing Squad: WMP Reveals Ottawa GOP Executive Committee's "Faith Vote" 


Ottawa County GOP Chaos: Meekhof + Huizenga Involved? What You Need To Know 


Meekhof's Scapegoat? Ottawa County GOP Executive Director Faith Steketee FIRED

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