Conroe, July 5 – Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright announced tonight at the monthly meeting of the Montgomery County Eagle Forum that lame duck Montgomery County Judge, whom the voters tossed out of office (December 31) in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, now seeks to hire establishment lobbyist W. Robert Eissler, a former State Representative whom Steve Toth defeated in 2012, as a lobbyist for Montgomery County’s government.
Eissler has lobbied for other governmental entities, including numerous special purpose districts and the San Jacinto River Authority. Therefore, it would seem that Eissler has severe conflicts of interest in representing the County government.
A major question will be whether Eissler will lobby for or against statewide property tax reform. Although the Montgomery County Commissioners Court voted to support statewide property tax reform in February, 2017, both Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley lobbied vociferously against it when the Texas Association of Counties sent them to Austin to defeat any tax relief.
The Golden Hammer has confirmed that several members of the Commissioners Court have discussed the hiring of Eissler during the past several months. Representatives in Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack’s Office, who requested anonymity, have confirmed that Noack has been in discussions with Doyal with respect to the hiring of Eissler.
Since the voters rejected Eissler in 2012, it will be interesting to watch as Noack and Doyal attempt to explain how hiring Eissler now to represent the citizens of Montgomery County at a price of $4,000 per month, will be consistent with those electoral results.
Eissler is a renowned expert on public education issues. He served as Chairman of the House Education Committee and held that position in 2012 when he suffered the electoral defeat.
Eissler is a graduate of some Ivy League school somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line.