Poor Gary Geick.....Justice of the
Peace Gary Geick called to complain that the story we ran
last week of him refusing to evict people during Christmas
made it seem he did not work during the month December. I
don’t usually sympathize with many politicians and their
complaints about unfair press treatment, but I have to put
it in the record that Geick habitually puts more money in
the county coffers in the form of fines and such than his
other four JP peers do altogether. Of course, many more
cases are filed in Geick’s court than in the others, but
figures indicate that he is one of the most hardworking JPs
in the county. It was a slow news week Gary, and someone was
complaining. Of course we’re going to do a story.
The most money I ever made.....percentage-wise
at least. In years before, it seems that every share of
stock I buy takes an immediate $10 downturn. Heck fire, I am
one of only a handful of people worldwide who lost money in
Wal-Mart stock. Except for the investment club I belong to
which does very well, thank you very much.
We meet once a month (on the first
Wednesday) for a couple of hours (less if we have no money
to invest) at Riverbend Country Club, and it’s been
profitable for me (so far). Of course, I take great pains to
never recommend a new stock what with my track record and
We are a very disparate group: a
political campaign manager, a retired military, a librarian,
a publisher, a videographer, an alto and a tenor.
We are recruiting new members for this
year and if you have an interest in investments, come join
us. We’re giving away a two day stay in Galveston, and
dinner at a couple of restaurants as door prizes. For
information, please call Sherry at 281-413-5748 about our
next introductory meeting in February.
Other fun.....This Friday night and
all day Saturday is the Invitational Charity Women’s Gin
Tournament in Richmond at the Swinging Door. We’ve had
arguments about when this tournament started, but I know
I’ve been playing in it for about 20 years although it
started way before that. Entry fee is $35 and winning is a
huge honor! If you don’t know how to play, that’s even
better. Just bring your money and we’ll teach you (thereby
giving some of us old hands a better chance of winning!)
Call Judy Kveton at 281-341-7670 or 281-342-5256 if you are
interested and want a (much sought after) invitation.
Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society this year.
I thought Monday was going to be about as
much fun.......as I can now have as a grandmother.
Certain disgruntled elements of the local Republican party
were suing its own chairman over a fund-raiser. You know how
Republicans are about money. You can trample on the
Constitution in the name of terrorists, but don’t start
messing with their pocketbooks.
I’m sure only about ten of you are
interested in this, but to recap: Gary Gillen beat Linda
Howell for chairmanship of the Republican Party last March.
Boy, did that tick off those that thought they were going to
gain control of the party through Linda. You know, those
that wouldn’t run themselves because they knew they couldn’t
So if they couldn’t get their puppet
elected to lead the party, they would do the next best
thing. They would change the by-laws and force Linda on
Gillen as the vice-chair of the party. At the same time,
they would seriously curtail his power because they were
still mad at that high-living former chairman Eric Thode.
Eric has been gone eight months but the
local anonymous bloggers still can’t get over him. They are
consumed by thoughts of him. Eric doesn’t give a rats. He
doesn’t even live in Fort Bend anymore. Maddest leader is
former Sugar Land Mayor Dean Hrbacek who still blames Thode
for his perceived support of David Wallace and Wallace’s
subsequent victory over Hrbacek for mayor.
Anyhoo, after a precinct chair told
Gillen at his first meeting that he didn’t have the
authority to make decisions about the major fund-raiser, and
it didn’t get any nicer after that, Gillen took his wallet
into his own hands, and established a PAC (political action
committee) to host the money tree event.
Some of the precinct chairs got together,
voted to sue Gillen. Gillen counter-sued also ran Linda
Howell, former Sugar Land Mayor Dean Hrbacek, attorney Dave
Stone, Jim Hammack (Hrbacek’s law office mate) and bail
bondsman Billy Benton. And this was what Monday was all
about in District Judge Thomas Culver’s 240th courtroom
(which looks like it is straight out of “To Kill a
Imagine my disappointment when all
negotiations took place behind closed doors with lawyers
running back and forth between the two warring parties for
five hours between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. with no break for lunch
(the torture, the horror).
I can’t tell you how many times I heard,
“Aw, why don’t they just settle this like the Democrats. Go
duke it out in the parking lot!”
I find it ironic that Republicans
complain about lawyers all the time and always want to limit
them, but the first cross words or minor disagreement, and
they dial 1-800-Find a Shark.
The upshot of the agreement was that Gary
Gillen is still in charge of the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner (both
men are rolling in their respective graves) and his co-chair
is Tom Campbell, a representative of the precinct chairs and
a former primary foe of Tom DeLay’s.
At this point in time, I would suspect
that all the decisions have been made about the February
event. So Gillen is hosting the party jointly with himself
as head of the PAC and head of the Republican party. I guess
Campbell will serve as oversight, to make sure Gillen
deposits all the money in the PAC and party accounts.
Oh yeah, the judge called for the
establishment of two accounts--one to handle corporate
checks and one to handle private donations.
Everybody dismissed their lawsuit until
after the event when 30 days later the judge will meet with
the parties to get a final accounting and to see if they are
agreeing about how to spend the money.
Gillen is to be immediately reimbursed
for the personal $20,000 he has plunked down in deposits.
The cast of characters attending the
marathon butt-sitting was interesting. As a party to the
suit, Linda Howell sat, stood, walked around smiling
sweetly. Dean Hrbacek walked around with a perpetual smirk
on his face looking alternately smug and sore.
Even Lisa Rickert of school board fame
was there. Maybe she had business elsewhere in the
courthouse, but she confabbed with Hrbacek. Dave Stone sat
around looking lost and said he had “no idea” why he was in
the suit brought by Gillen. Billy Benton sweated. About
twelve precinct chairs that are ultra-right wing and
Gillen-haters were in attendance along with a couple of
precinct chairs who contend that Gillen was elected to lead
the party and others should let him do so.
The local blogosphere is zinging with
comments about who won or who lost. Since most of the
anonymous blogging comments are from the far right, who are
real brave as long as no one knows who they are, you can
imagine who they think won.
I think it was a fair judicial tie with
the Republican party as a whole winning. Except for all the
negative publicity heretofore.