VI GOP 2020 Caucus Rules


I along with Attorney Yohana Manning serve as counsel to VIGOP Chairman John Canegata and VIGOP Secretary Max Schanfarber. 
Gordon Ackley, Todd Hecht, Antoinette Gumbs-Hecht, and Randolph Maynard filed a First Amended Complaint and Petition with the Board of Elections making certain frivolous challenges to the VIGOP’s 2020 Caucus Rules. All of their arguments were soundly rejected by the Honorable Kathleen Mackay in a judicial opinion issued today.
I have attached a copy of Judge Mackay’s opinion as well as Chairman’s Canegata and Secretary Schanfarber’s response to the First Amended Complaint and Petition. 
In sum, the Court found:

  1. There is simply no evidence to suggest that Chairman Canegata is not the legitimate Chairman of the Republican Party of the Virgin Islands. The Court emphasized that “Plaintiffs’ claims that [Chairman Canegata and Secretary Schanfarber] have engaged in a conspiracy is not supported by the evidence.” See page 20 of the opinion.
  2. Ackley and the Hechts “do not have a reasonable probability of success on the merits” of their lawsuit. See Page 11.
  3. Chairman Canegata has served as chairman of the VIGOP since 2012. See page 5.
  4. The VIGOP conducted a valid caucus in 2016. See page 14.
  5. The VIGOP approved valid, permanent caucus rules in 2018. See Page 5.
  6. The “2020 Caucus Rules is identical to the 2018 Caucus Rules . . . which were duly voted on and approved by vote of the VIGOP party officers on January 26, 2018, and by the BOE on January 31, 2018. Nothing within the four corners of the 2018 Caucus Rules indicates an expiration date or sunset clause . . . As such, the Court finds that the 2018 Caucus Rules are still valid.” See Page 15 (emphasis added).
  7. Ackley and the Hechts “present inconsistent arguments,” because they concede “that the VIGOP has the right to hold a caucus,” but then “contradict [their own arguments]” by arguing that they must be installed via a mandatory primary election. See Page 11-12.
  8. “One of Plaintiffs’ claims is that Canegata and Schanfarber’s attempts to mislead the BOE into cancelling the primary election is driven by Canegata and Schanfarber’s failure to collect sufficient signatures to satisfy the BOE’s requirements for a primary election. However, Canegata provided proof that he had collected more than 40 signatures in the District of St. Croix on a petition to run for state chair. This sum exceeds the minimum required of one district.” See Page 13.

The Board of Elections should swiftly reject the petition, as all of the arguments contained in it have been emphatically rejected by the Court.

Akeel Philip St. Jean, Esq.MCCHAIN HAMM & ST. JEAN, LLP5030 Anchor Way, Suite 13Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands 00820Office: 340.773.6955Fax: 855.456.8784Email: astjean@usvi.law

2020 Delegate Application


The excitement at the RNC summer meeting was undeniable.  There is victory in the air leading up to 2020 election but you would never believe it if you relied on the MSM.  A rebounded economy that liberals deny exist, lowest unemployment numbers in years for Blacks, Latinos and Asian communities. 5 million Americans off of food stamps. DOW index over 26,000. Tough new trade deals with our foreign partners around the world that favor America. Primarily with China, Canada and Mexico.  Two new conservative judges appointed to the Supreme Court and I can go on and on.  Our president is living up to his promises. 

We had dynamic speakers like the president’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and his former COS and my friend Reince Priebus.  We heard from the ever so humble secretary of HUD and no stranger to the VI Dr. Ben Carson, who always has a positive outlook for our country.   
The message at our meeting was all about engagement, recruitment and getting Americans out to vote.  Let the democrats destroy themselves.  
Chairman Canegata spoke to his colleagues on unity and inclusiveness.  Especially regarding the territories.  He made a request of all his colleagues to never minimize the importance of the territories and the  long history that goes back as far Alexander Hamilton…  “We [the territories ]are a part of this process.  Don’t attempt to take this away from us.  We have fought and died for this country. We have earned a right to be at the table”. 

Although the members of the RNC were treated to a ride on the track of the NASCAR speedway the meeting was all business.  The VI is working with the Trump 2020 director to finalize a draft of our rules to present to our state committee. 
If we are going to save our country and keep America great. We need this victory in 2020.