made; improvements needed......I
decided to drop in on a Republican precinct chair meeting
last Thursday to see if the new Republican County Chair Rick
Miller was living up to his campaign promises to allow more
“openness” and “transparency.” I had to giggle at
the tail end of the loooong meeting as Miller, who had
patiently let many of the egos speak at every turn,
eventually told speakers to sit down if they had already
spoken on the topic. He was getting a little testy.
about approving the communications committee report,
deciding they wanted to see a more detailed report and about
where to have the 2009 Lincoln Dinner, who to pay to run it,
Now that was
what I used to like about Eric Thode. He made all those
picayune decisions then showed up at the precinct chairs’
meeting to inform us about what he had done. I liked Eric to
make the decisions because we could always blame him if
things went wrong.
But that is
the very thing that a certain group hated. THEY wanted to
run the show. That same group is still around and they still
want to run the show. Or at least every one of them wants to
Many of the
arguments centered around the fact that many new precinct
chairs will be sworn in at the next meeting two weeks hence.
Several wanted to wait about making any decisions until the
new chairs joined.
mentioned several times that the Lincoln Dinner made more
money this year than last year, mainly because they didn’t
have to pay any speaker’s fees.
surprise they made more this year; they were fighting and
suing each other during and about the Lincoln Dinner last
year. Heck fire, the proceeds were under court orders.
the budget chairman, the Lincoln Dinner profit was less than
anticipated and the budget will reflect that.
item which stirred up a hornet’s nest and resulted in the
audience being kicked out of the meeting while the main body
met with counsel, was the motion to make Gary Gillen pay for
the Republican newsletter that was never sent out by Gillen.
At the time
County Chair Gary Gillen was not allowed to have a column in
the newsletter (something no chairman had ever been
refused), and according to Gillen, ads were moved around to
give certain candidates (Dean Hrbacek) an advantage.
Chair Richard Whitmore, whose eligibility to serve as
precinct chair has been questioned due to a question of his
residency, wanted to get $8,000 from Gillen even if the
Party had to take him to court.
people, including Rosenberg City Councilwoman Fran Naylor
agreed. Naylor said that as Christians the Party owed it to
itself to collect money that was stolen and if the Party
didn’t act, it was simply Wussies.
that was a fine Christian attitude.
Then my hero
Will Blakemore, who had been a precinct chair for longer
that written records have been kept, stood up and chastised
the group for dragging Gillen though the dirt one more time.
reminded the group of Gillen’s die-hard loyalty, of his
attempt to heal the wounds when he was first elected. He
told them that Gillen was attacked viciously from the very
beginning and never given a chance to try to heal the party.
He reminded them that this motion continues the polarity.
told them that the Republicans are facing a very hard battle
in November and to continue this in-fighting was suicidal.
made by someone that the press would make much of this.
Stansell asked what were the ramifications if Gillen was
sued and the party lost. That’s when we were all kicked
out so the legal counsel could consult with the chairs.
know what happened inside, but when we were allowed back in,
a motion was unanimously passed to permanently table the
effort to continue the fight against Gillen about the
I really like about the Republicans nowadays. They can be so
mean and nasty and eat their own. They never give up. They
have a litmus test that if you believe differently from
them, well you’re just evil.
They will beg
donations from mean, nasty people to continue their
vindictive vendetta against someone they get it in their
head they just don’t like.
I said, you
said......In my last
column I recommended that Missouri City keep its incumbents
because the process to buy the county club had already
started, and I didn’t think we should change horses
mid-stream. I said “Not a one of them wants the city to
invest in the golf course.”
I heard from
Noel Pinnock (who is running against Jerry Wyatt) who
informed me that he is for buying the golf course and the
accompanying 400 acres and said so at the forum. He pointed
out that he lives on the course and served on the
Turnstall also told me in a conversation after my column
came out that he was not against buying the country club. He
just wished the residents of Quail Valley and the HOA would
participate in the purchase. OR he wished that if the city
were to attempt to purchase, it would make a more reasonable
offer that might be accepted rather than go through the long
condemnation process. He felt the city should offer closer
to the amount for which the property was appraised. I told
him things like “when pigs fly,” and such comments of
Too much for
needs to be discussed at length in another forum, but a
group of people calling themselves the Houston 80-20 is
holding a fundraising dinner in Sugar Land. Houston 80-20
Asian American PAC is a non-partisan organization formed to
encourage Asian Americans to vote as a bloc and to promote
active participation in the political process. The group is
supporting Daniel Wong, Tom Abraham (no opponent) and S.B.
eyebrows are perched way up on everyone’s brow is that
Fort Bend and Sugar Land have worked so hard to promote
diversity, and many believe this encouragement to bloc vote
flies in the face of everything many people have worked for.
I agree with
that thought; however, I also think that the Asian Americans
have learned their lessons well and are using political
techniques they’ve learned from the American way. This PAC
endorsement and encouragement to bloc vote is one technique
we’ve all seen time and again. No sense in suddenly
getting angst over something that has been going on for
years. I say that what’s good for the goose......
B.K. Carter is the
owner/publisher of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. She
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.