Judge Issues Order Forbidding Gathering Under Republican Party Banner
CHRISTIANSTED — A temporary restraining order was issued late Friday by a Superior Court judge to keep a group of Republicans from organizing under the party banner, according to State GOP Chairman John Canegata.
Canegata said the gathering scheduled for Saturday on St. Thomas by Herb Schoenbohm would be an “illegitimate, unlawful gathering” and said he has a judge’s order agreeing with him.
Chief Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks issued a three-part ruling today in Canegata vs. Schoenbohm that forbids Schoenbohm, Warren Bruce Cole, Leigh Goldman, Holland Redfield II, Fred Vialet Jr. and James Oliver from “using the Republican Party name” and logo in conjunction with the event, according to Canegata.
The state chairman said Willock’s ruling is effective for 14 days and that a hearing on a preliminary injunction is scheduled for 1p.m. on June 3.
“It is clear their intent was to defraud unsuspecting Republican voters with their illegitimate, unlawful gathering of the Schoenbohm Party,” Canegata said. “The real Republican Party—the Republican National Committee-recognized state party of the Virgin Islands—will hold its legitimate and lawful Republican Territorial Convention on June 11.”
He said that Schoenbohm issued the fraudulent call to the illegal gathering and has previously been removed from the Republican Party under party rules.