Sorry about missing my deadline last
week. I was so sick my doctor asked me if I had been hanging
around with former Soviet spies.
Apparently......Has House Speaker
Designate Nancy Pelosi made speech after speech about how
the Democrats are going to get rid of the “culture of
corruption” of the Republican Party? Apparently.
Has she supported two people with
questionable ethical backgrounds for highly coveted
committee chairs? Apparently.
Did Nancy Pelosi yield to her inner
emotions concerning these committee appointments?
Does Nancy Pelosi typify why women are no
better as political leaders then their male counterparts?
Has Nancy Pelosi embarrassed every female
working for equality in the business and political world?
Will Nancy Pelosi fall victim to her own
press if she doesn’t snap out of it? Apparently.
Do I want to snatch her bald headed?
Republican fight....This Spring, a
coalition of ultraconservatives, the religious right, and
various other malcontents (David Wallace detractors) got
together in the dark of night to craft a set of Fort Bend
Republican Party by-laws that would successfully strip the
newly-elected party chairman of all his power.
Little did they realize that
newly-elected Party Chair Gary Gillen would use the same
tactics on them by forming a PAC (Political Action
Committee) that would appropriate the party’s main
fund-raising event--the Lincoln Reagan Dinner.
Gillen claims the current by-laws tie his
hands in making any quick financial decisions, including
running the Lincoln Dinner. He has called the PAC a method
of handling the event. Naysayers say the new by-laws were
passed in order to get more “transparency” in party actions
and this maneuver hides financial dealings again.
The new PAC is called Fort Bend
Republican PAC and its treasurer is A.D. Muller, a Katy area
Republican who became interested in county politics after
working to elect Annette Hoffman as Fort Bend County Judge.
The new by-laws were sprung on the
party’s executive committee (precinct chairs) at Gillen’s
first executive meeting. Precinct chairs did not have copies
of the by-laws before voting on them although the group
supporting the new by-laws said the same set had been
presented a year or so ago.
One of the main tenets of the new by-laws
is the party chairman is no longer able to appoint
assistants or committee heads who are not precinct chairs
themselves. This resulted in the election of Linda Howell,
who lost a close run-off to Gillen for party chair, as vice
chair of the party. Gillen had previously hand-picked party
activist and hard worker Linda Hancock as vice chair, but
under the new bylaws, Hancock could not be appointed as she
is not a precinct chair.
Of course, all sorts of consternation has
resulted with Howell even threatening legal action in one
news account. State Representative Charlie Howard and Pct. 3
Commissioner Andy Meyers are both calling for Republicans to
boycott the new Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Even Mandi Bronsell,
who is a precinct chair, works for Meyers and in the past
has helped put the event together (for which she has been
paid), is reportedly withdrawing after Meyers said he
offered her some “grandfatherly” advice.
The funny thing about the entire brouhaha
is that the ultraconservative wing of the party and the two
aforementioned elected officials have haphazardly supported
the event in the past. Howard reportedly only buys a table
in an election year although his campaign fund was, until
this last primary, was chock full of money and has probably
been replenished as of this writing.
I don’t think Meyers has ever bought a
table at any event. He may have bought one last year, but,
if so, he was shamed into it and I’m pretty sure some
corporate bigwig with business before commissioners court,
picked up the tab.
The Lincoln event brings in almost
$200,000 yearly but what with expenses, nets less than half
that. The party gets no state money as the state party was
taken over by a bunch of ultraconservatives and its money
has dried up as well. The other money used to support the
local Fort Bend party and local candidates comes from
individual contributions. This is an area where little money
is reportedly given by the same group that rewrote the
bylaws to strip the chairman of power. They want to dictate
how the local party is run, but they don’t want to have to
pay for it.
Since Tom DeLay and George Bush have run
me out of the Republican party and made me an independent
voter and publicly unafraid to endorse Democratic
candidates, this move by Muller and Gillen is the first
positive step I’ve seen anyone take locally to combat the
corrosive effect of the local ultra right.
I’ve been sorely disappointed in the
Republican party which has spent the majority of its time
worrying about abortion, stem cell research, gay marriage
and burning the flag while Iraq, my gas tank and the
increasing onus cost of medicare have led to the largest
deficit this country has seen in a generation!
The new by-laws were different from any
bylaws adopted by any Republican Executive Committee
anywhere in the state. They were written for one thing and
one thing only, strip the party chair of all power and give
it to the executive committee.
Someone rightly pointed out that the
executive committee (precinct chairs) of both
parties--Republican and Democrat--are made up for the most
part, of ultras at both ends of the spectrum: right wing
Republicans and left wing Democrats. So the average voters
(and my average reader) could care less about the infighting
between factions in the party.
However, it impacts who we get to vote
for in the general election--whether we have good or bad
candidates because the goings-on at the precinct level
affect the primaries which in turn affect the general
The party system on both sides of the
aisle is one of the reasons we have so many voters who say,
“I had to hold my nose when I voted for so and so.” Or “I
didn’t vote FOR (some candidate), I voted AGAINST the other
Party politics is what gives us political
hacks who end up making a mockery of their job.
Pleeze. Are Fort Bend representatives so
bad that we’ve had to hire expensive lobbyists to represent
us in Austin and Washington? Apparently.