The same thing is happening in Schererville:
As town GOP Chairman Kevin Slaman, who also serves as the Lake County GOP vice chairman, waited for election results to filter in Tuesday night to the St. John Township Center, supporters of his primary election challenger, Kevin Bradley, tried to join the gathering. Slaman wouldn't let them, arguing it was a private party.
But the several people to whom he denied entry -- including St. John Township Board President Tom Cavanaugh and Schererville Police Commission President Kevin Connelly -- said a GOP meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. at the township center, and they should have been allowed in the building.
The men said Slaman threatened to call the police if they didn't leave the building, an accusation Slaman refused to address after it happened on election night.
In the presence of The Times, Cavanaugh asked Slaman to clarify that he was denying the men entry, and Slaman confirmed that it was a private party and that they needed to leave.
Slaman said other members asked last week if they could attend the gathering at the township center on election night and he said "no." But they showed up anyway.
"It's not a good thing to have two opposing campaigns in the same room on election night," Slaman said. "It's an emotional thing."
An agenda from the April 5 Schererville Republican Party meeting lists the group's next meeting as 7 p.m. May 3 at the township center. Slaman said that in the last 10 years he has been involved with elections, the party has never had an actual meeting on election night.
Rather, they sit and count votes.
The ejected Republicans said they were only trying to make peace and unite the party.
"The party has been fractured for a while, and we're trying to get it back together," Cavanaugh said.
Slaman said, as far as he is concerned, the incident was not a big deal.
"Our party is coming together," he said. "I believe we'll come together after this."
This happens again and again with Kim Krull, Kevin Slaman, and George Janiec. This dictatorial triumvirate (a Janiec word if even I've uttered one) constantly is subverting the party for its own electorial purposes, and when things don't go their way, they are extremely petty and revenge minded. This is par for the course.
What I still don't understand is how Cavanaugh got on the outs with Hank Adams. Adams is now aligned with Krull/ Slaman/ Janiec, and Hank fired Cavanaugh from the St. John Township assessors office.
Which is Scaedenfreude (another Janiec word) for me, because Cavanaugh went after "The Candidate of NO!" because I complained about how long it was taking to get property reassessed in Lake County, which he took as a complaint against Hank. I guess Hank is a taskmaster that demands more loyalty than even that.
As usual, you learn more in the comments than the story:
Firstly, the meeting that night was scheduled ON THE PREVIOUS MONTH'S AGENDA that a Schererville GOP Organization meeting was on election night, May 3rd. There was no meeting cancelation notice, therefore the Schererville Republicans were to have a meeting.
Secondly, as the story says: the meeting was where votes were being counted for the Schererville Republican Party. That takes away the possibility of this being a private meeting. Slaman, Schererville GOP town chair AND candidate for Schererville town council, can NOT have a private campaign election night party AND count the votes at the same time. That is illegal.
This is why Mr. Bradley and his supports came to the meeting, to be a part of the vote count and to unite the party no matter who won the Schererville town council Ward 3 race. However, Mr. Slaman made a wrong move and not only threw Republicans out of a vote counting meeting, but he also threatened to call the police. There is something wrong there.
Next part: this story missed the other elected and appointed officials that were there: Besides the Presdient of the St. John Township board and the Chairman of Scherervilles police commission, two other members of the police commission Were told to leave. Several Schererville Republican elected and appointed precinct committeeman were told they could not join the GOP meeting and vote count. But worst of all... all 3 incumbent Schererville Town Council republican members were denied access to a Schererville GOP meeting. Absolutely unacceptable.
Why did Mr. Slaman do this? His leadership must be called into question when it comes to the Schererville GOP. He has alienated the vast majority of Schererville AND County Republicans. He has driven our party into the ground for his own selfish purposes. He has become an absolute disgrace to Schererville and Lake County, and his overwhelming defeat backs that point up.
He should have done what Eldon Strong and Paul Keller did in CP. They went to the same party on election night, enjoyed the night together and watched the votes come in. When Strong won, Keller graciously congratulated his former opponent and threw his support behind Strong.
Slaman should have done this... but he didn't, and he WILL answer for it.
If I could summarize, Krull destroyed the Crown Point and St. John parties. Janiec destroyed Hammond. Slaman is destroying Schererville. Yet they act like they have some mandate because Hank got elected.
We all know why Hank got elected. Her name is Carol Ann Seaton. If Seaton has not been the opponent, Hank would not even have run. It's about time that people smarten up and start speaking the truth to power.