In a statement released earlier today, LNC Secretary Caryn Ann Harolos stated:
“To the members writing to ask for an online convention, you are asking me to commit perjury. And I will not do that for anyone, not (sic) matter how many people ask. If this Party forces an online convention, I will not be signing any Certificates of Nomination, and some states require them. Why? Because that Certificate requires me to swear that a convention was duly held. An online convention is illegal under our bylaws and I cannot so swear.
“Before you say then we will just get someone else to be convention secretary, those bylaws get in your way again. I am the elected Secretary and per the bylaws I am the Convention Secretary. And I will protect this party from perjury by me or anyone else. I am supported by my predecessor Ms. Alicia Mattson who alerted me to this issue.
“I am truly sorry if this makes you angry, but you are not the one having to commit perjury which has implications not just for my conscience but my day job as a legal professional.
I will not do it.
“I can support a bifurcated convention. However, I cannot sign the Certificates until after ratification. <strike>Our Chair has indicated likewise.</strike> He has said I misunderstood him on that point.”