I have, for years, struggled to explain to precinct committeemen the effect of mummy dummy appointments in undercutting their authority at slatings and caucuses. Too often though they focused solely on whether their vote was coerced, and then assumed when it wasn't, that the election was fair. What the focus should be on instead is the large number of mummy dummy appointments to rig the process by diluting, and in some cases, obliterating, the voting power of the grass roots workers. What happened in Hamilton County is the perfect example of how party bosses are allowed to rig the process and render meaningless the wishes of grass roots party workers.
Following the vote tally, Peterson immediately called for unity. Given that his victory margin was due solely to Emigh's appointed mummy dummies, it is unclear how well received that call will be received, especially by party workers who witnessed their authority to pick the chairman undermined by the outgoing chairman and the State GOP Rules Committee.
I find it interesting that part of the order from the Rules Committee allowing the mummy dummies to participate in the election is that the caucus would be closed to the public. According to the statement:
The caucus will be closed with only those on the caucus board,tellers, candidate watchers and staff designed by the State Committee or Hamilton County Central Committee present.No word yet on whether Campbell will appeal the decision to the State GOP Committee, an option she still has under rules.