UPDATE: emails from Bouldin and Riddleberger now posted after the jump.
Rich Brenner's funeral will be held at 1PM tomorrow.
The Guilford County GOP convention was scheduled for the same time.
Local GOP leadership called the state party for approval of a two-hour delay of their convention, so that people could attend both the funeral of the popular local sportscaster, who was active in GOP politics, and the convention.
Brenner, in fact, was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the convention; the text of his speech will be read there by David Long, a local pastor. GC GOP chair Al Bouldin tells me, "None of us could have gotten through reading it aloud ourselves."
But a complaint about the delay was filed with the NC GOP by Jodi Riddleberger, the prominent C4GC figure.
The state GOP ruled in favor of the local party's request for a delay, and will send a legal representative tomorrow to answer any questions or challenges. All of the above was confirmed to me by Bouldin.
Brenner was dragged into an ugly controversy last year after Jodi Riddleberger started accusing people of digging up dirt on her husband, Barrett "Bret" Riddleberger (details of Brenner's seemingly blameless role here).
I have sent a message to Jodi Riddleberger, requesting her side of the story, but have not yet heard back from her.
Rich Brenner, a beloved member of the Guilford County GOP family, passed away earlier this week. Friends will be received at the Sedgefield Hanes Lineberry chapel beginning at 5 pm on Friday, March 2. The funeral service will be held at Aycock Auditorium on the campus of UNC-G at 1 pm on Saturday, March 3.
To allow individuals to attend the funeral service, the following revised schedule will be in effect this Saturday at Vandalia Christian School (3919 Pleasant Garden Rd., Greensboro, NC):
9:00 am - Registration for 2012 Guilford Co. GOP Precinct Organization Meeting
10:00 am - Precinct Organization Meeting begins
3:00 pm - Registration for 2012 Guilford Co. GOP Convention
4:00 pm - County Convention begins
Jodi Riddleberger's email to state and local party officials (highlighting and color scheme hers):
Sent: 3/1/2012 12:03:47 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Re: Time Change for County Convention
A. ANNUAL PRECINCT MEETINGS
Call for Meeting
In every year, the County Chair shall call Precinct Meetings for the 3rd Tuesday of the month of February or no later than 10th day of March, after giving 10 days written notice to each Precinct Chair and by notice in a newspaper of general circulation within the County as provided for in Article V.A.4 and that the Precinct Chairs also be informed as to the number of registered Republicans entitled to cast votes at the precinct meeting, and in accordance with Article V.A.6.b.
It was for freedom that Christ has set us free... Galations 5:1I'm told the state party's response in overturning the technical point was, "After all, a man died."