Having failed to nominate anyone at its July 14 convention in Sioux Falls, the Constitution Party of South Dakota plans to convene again in Pierre on August 14. Twice. The Lora Hubbel faction of the CP will meet Tuesday, August 14, at 9 a.m. at the Ramkota. The Lori Stacey faction of the CP will meet the same day at 11 a.m. at the Governor’s Inn. Both factions have until 5 p.m. that day to certify any nominations to the Secretary of State up the street.
And if the Hubbel and Stacey factions haven’t worked out who really speaks for the party, the Secretary of State may be forced to disregard any such nominations and leave the CP off the ballot entirely.
I know better than to get involved in the CP fight. Now, after an ill-advised weighing-in in Hubbel’s favor in July, so does national CP chair Frank Fluckiger (not fake news—that’s his name), who sent the competing SDCP factions this apology and hands-off letter Monday:
Saturday evening, July 28th there was a conference call of Executive Committee members of the national party to discuss the situation in South Dakota. I was severely chastised (and rightfully so) by a number of the members of that committee for becoming involved in the controversy over who is the authorized state chairman of the Constitution Party in that state. The national party bylaws make it clear that the national party is not to interfere in the internal matters of the states.
Even though I did not draft the letter that went out on July 13th, I did put my signature on that letter and should not have done so. Later, upon reading the bylaws of the South Dakota Constitution Party, it became clear that some of the information in the letter was incorrect. I am sorry for any damage this interference in your affairs may have caused. As a result of my having signed the letter I did both myself and the national party an injustice. It was a hard lesson learned and I sincerely apologize for the discord that has arisen from my having signed and sent out the letter.
It is the responsibility of each state to resolve their own internal issues. The national party would only become involved if there was more than one delegation from a state that wanted to be seated at a national nominating convention or national committee meeting. The issue has brought forward information that was not previously known and it is my hope that the two parties will be able to arrive at a solution to the issues that have arisen.
Frank Fluckiger [national CP chair, letter to SDCP factions, 2018.07.30]
Alas, leaving this matter to the South Dakota CPers to solve may be a recipe for loggerheads. Whatever caused their crackup at the July 14 convention, I don’t get the impression either is eager to kiss, make up, and surrender the claim to lead South Dakota’s tiniest political party.