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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

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Lincoln-Day Dinner still simmering

Word has it that the Lincoln-Day Dinner is still simmering and nothing has been resolved. Those in the know say they fear the controversy over who “owns” rights to the dinner will further divide the Republican Party in Fort Bend and create a divide that will be hard to overcome.

If you were somewhere off the planet over the last few weeks, the controversy began when Fort Bend Republican Party Chairman Gary Gillen formed a Political Action Committee and basically took control of the yearly dinner, which is the party’s most popular and most profitable fundraiser. Gary says he did it because he had to move forward and make arrangements for the dinner which can’t be planned overnight. He had to reserve the location etc.

A growing segment of the local Republicans are crying foul and believe Gillen is taking control of the project because he is ticked about being shot out of the saddle when that element of the party changed the by-laws and basically made Gillen’s Chairmanship without responsibilities or teeth.

Who wouldn’t be ticked, for goodness sakes

Some elected officials are calling Gillen to give back the dinner. Some are asking him to extend a white flag and work in a spirit of cooperation.

At press time, a meeting was still scheduled for Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosenberg courthouse annex so all the players can lay their cards on the table.

Since there is no resolution as of late, all we can do is wait, watch and pass the popcorn bowl.

Blogging with Tom

For those who haven’t heard, former Sugar Land resident and District 22 Congressman Tom DeLay now has a blog-site and is busy keeping his former constituents entertained. Go check it out: http://www.tomdelay.com/  

The website says by joining GAIN (Grassroots Action and Information Center) you can communicate with Tom DeLay.

And without any cost, (does this sound like late night TV “paid programming?”) you can get all of the following benefits: You receive weekly GAIN notifications and alerts of all the events, and volunteer opportunities available to you; You receive weekly GAIN notifications of insider political information on the 110th Congress, updates on the ways of combating the plans of the radical left and their associates in the left wing media elite; You participate in monthly online strategy sessions with Tom DeLay and other members of the GAIN Network

Oh boy, I can hardly wait. Seriously though, when you read all the horrors that this new organization is going to stamp out, be ready for the jolt. It actually sounds like government propaganda of a Third Reich type mentality.

Don’t take my word for it... check it out.


Contact skinnerc1@ev1.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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