Commissioner Riley, supporters try but fail to intimidate activists Cook, Russell; intimidation only works against the “establishment’s” own

WARNING: There is some profanity in some of the social media posts towards the end of this article. Parents, please beware.

Longtime Montgomery County political activist, Montgomery County Tea Party board member, and Republican Precinct Chair Ginger Russell (left) of Magnolia. Russell and her colleague Kelli Cook (right) of Montgomery dared investigate and take photography of Precinct 3 County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s use of public property for his political campaign. Now, Riley and his supporters are trying to intimidate Russell and Cook to make them stop. Cook is a close associate of Dr. Ron Paul, the retired Congressman, and Montgomery County Chair for the Campaign for Liberty. Conservative activist Jean Renfro Mann (center) is with them.

Magnolia, October 30 – When the political “establishment” in Montgomery County suffers legitimate criticism, they don’t respond substantively. Their response is attempted intimidation of the people whom they perceive are their political foes. Interestingly, the intimidation doesn’t seem to work on anyone other than other members of the political “establishment,” such as Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal who openly fears corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport and the Davenport Ring.

For example, has Wayne Mack, the embattled JP, ever explained why he allows his court employees to post pornographic comments on Facebook during County business hours, why his fees and fines collections are so terrible in comparison to Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly, why his JP court is so wasteful of County tax dollars in comparison to other similar courts, or why he threatened County employees and others who would dare criticize or question his odd behavior? Never. Instead, Mack attempts to persecute in the name of God. Just recently. Mack issued a statement in which he explained that “God Hates” Mack’s political critics.

Other instances of attempted political intimidation which The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, has reported include:

  • “Doyal, Fredricks Issue Press Release, Attempt to Whitewash Their Efforts to Intimidate, Chase Away Animal Shelter Director Charles Jackson,” The Golden Hammer, March 30, 2017.
  • “Wasting Tax Dollars, Part 1: Sylvia Olszowy’s Government Through Intimidation,” The Golden Hammer, October 28, 2017.
  • “‘My Clients Will Not Work With Her Clients On Any level or They Will Not Be My Clients’: The Davenports’ Direct Interference With County Government (The Davenports, Part 6),” The Golden Hammer, June 7, 2017.
  • “How the Davenports Play the County through Wayne Mack, Other Clients (The Davenports, Part 8),” The Golden Hammer, June 12, 2017.
  • “Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham: ‘The Davenports’ Threats Against County Judge Craig Doyal are an Insult to the Law Enforcement Community and the Citizens’ (The Davenports, Part 1),” The Golden Hammer, May 31, 2017.

We see attempts at intimidation by the political “establishment” desperately trying to protect the growth of government, liberal policies, secrecy, and exclusion of the citizens, particularly from Doyal, Mack, Marc Davenport, James Metts, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, and their supporters. They are truly the “Big Government Liberals” of the Montgomery County community.

Interestingly, the only instance where political intimidation actually has seemed to work is what one might call “cross-intimidation,” where the establishment has sought to intimidate another member of the political establishment. That most successful instance, of course, is the grave fear of Doyal with respect to Davenport and any member of the Davenport Ring. Doyal fears Davenport personally and politically. Doyal will not act in any manner contrary to Davenport’s wishes. Craig Doyal has true fear in his eyes around Davenport.

Most recently, the “establishment” has attempted a backlash against political activists Ginger Russell and Kelli Cook. Russell is a longtime conservative political activist, Republican Precinct Chair, and renowned expert on state education policy. She, her husband, and their family live in Magnolia. Cook is a close associate of Dr. Ron Paul, the former Congressman and presidential candidate. Cook is the Montgomery County Chair for the Campaign for Liberty, Paul’s national organization. Cook and Russell regularly testify before Texas Legislature committees on a variety of policy issues for which they’re well known and respected.

Riley’s attempts to intimidate began when Russell brought to the attention of this newspaper and others the fact that Riley and Doyal use the Precinct 2 County barnyard – behind a locked and bared-wire fence – to store their barbecue cooking trailers and other personal property. That’s how the “Trailer-Gate” scandal began which also eventually led to an investigation that the Montgomery County Grand Jury is presently conducting with Riley and Doyal as the primary targets. Please see “County Judge Doyal, Commissioner Riley Abuse Power, Use Precinct 2 Gated Barnyard to Store Personal, Campaign Property,” The Golden Hammer, August 24, 2017.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley opened mouth and inserted foot with respect to the two private trailers he’s storing in the Precinct 2 barnyard. He admitted to storing the trailers for years on County property in writing. (Photo courtesy of Ginger Russell).

Since the “Trailer-Gate” story broke, Russell has openly questioned and criticized Riley’s support of the Tx-249 Tollway. More importantly to the subject at hand, Russell and Cook have continued their investigation of Riley’s use of government property for his political campaigns.

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Riley held a “campaign kickoff” event at Unity Park in the City of Magnolia. Russell, who lives close to Riley’s office, began to observe some unusual activity at Riley’s office and at the office of Precinct 5 Constable David Hill where Riley’s wife, Deanne, works as a receptionist earning $58,000 per year, plus $23,374 in County benefits, for total annual compensation of approximately $81,374, in the job that Riley created for her after she lost her job in the Sheriff’s Office. Russell noticed that Riley and Deanne Riley were assembling items for the campaign event in the County parking area at Hill’s office during Friday, October 13. She photographed many of those activities.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley and Deanne Riley assembling campaign materials in the County employee parking area at Precinct 5 Constable David Hill’s office during County business hours on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Early on Saturday morning, Russell and Cook, who were together most of that day, noticed odd activities at the Magnolia Independent School District Administration where they captured photographs and video footage of paid school employees using school trucks to remove Riley’s private musical equipment from inside public school storage areas, load the equipment in publicly-owned vehicles, unload the equipment at Riley’s campaign event, set the equipment up for Riley, and then do the process in reverse at the end of the day. In other words, Russell and Cook caught Riley, Magnolia ISD Superintendent Todd Stephens, and a number of Magnolia ISD employees using public school property for Riley’s political campaign.

Magnolia Independent School District truck number 5138, which the Charlie Riley Band used to haul musical equipment from the MISD Administration Building where they store the privately-owned equipment to Riley’s political campaign event on Saturday, October 14, 2017. (Photograph courtesy of Ginger Russell.)

Russell and Cook also observed and photographed Riley and Montgomery County employees taking County equipment out of the Precinct 2 barnyard to use at the Riley political campaign event. The equipment included several electric carts, which the County owns, that Riley’s political campaign used to transport political supporters during the October 14 campaign event.

In summary, Russell and Cook caught Riley, Deanne Riley, Superintendent Stephens, and a host of County and school district employees using public property for Riley’s personal and political campaign use. That’s one of the reasons the Grand Jury is investigating Riley right now.

Intimidation

Riley has admitted that he used County property to store his personal property. He’s also admitted – in a video during the campaign kickoff – that he and his band have used school trucks, school equipment, and school storage areas for their personal use for a long time.

Riley, however, has decided that his best defense to the legal and ethical questions about his use of government property and employee services is to attack Russell and Cook for daring to photograph him, Deanne Riley, and the other government employees using government property, equipment, storage space, and services.

Russell explained, “Being a whistleblower on political corruption comes at a huge price in Montgomery County. The viciousness and meanness that many display make them complicit in the unethical and lawless actions. They seem to have no idea about the laws that govern elected officials and government employees. Isaiah 5:20 says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

The son of the Magnolia ISD Superintendent’s secretary leveled the following post against Russell.

Social media post directed at Ginger Russell from the son of the Magnolia ISD Superintendent’s secretary.

Linda Stuckey, Riley’s 2014 Campaign Manager who Riley recently attempted to appoint to the Montgomery County Ethics Committee, accused Russell and Cook of “stalking” Riley and conducting a “political witch hunt.” During the Salem witch trials, none of the accused witches were government employees who admitted to using government property for campaign and personal purposes.

Facebook post from Charlie Riley’s 2014 Campaign Manager Linda Stuckey whom Riley recently attempted to nominate for the Montgomery County Ethics Committee. The Commissioners Court rejected Riley’s nomination after County Attorney J.D. Lambright brought the close relationship between Riley and Stuckey to the Court’s attention.

When the Rileys saw that Russell and Cook were taking photographs of them and had caught them red-handed using County property on County time for campaign purposes, they drove away. Russell and Cook saw that they were taking the campaign materials away, so they decided to follow them a short distance. The following post is from the daughter of Precinct 5 Constable David Hill in which she is claiming that Russell and Cook committed a felony. (Obviously, Russell and Cook didn’t.) More intimidation.

Post from Precinct 5 County employee Rebecca Stauth.

The foregoing post has an interesting statement that, perhaps, explains the entire problem with Riley, Deanne Riley, and their supporters: “and BTW, neither of us have to explain our work or time to either of you!” Fundamentally, that’s the problem with that entire group of Riley and his supporters. They are County employees or school district employees. They are public servants. They work for Ginger Russell and Kelli Cook, who are private citizens and voters. Russell and Cook are above those people on the organizational chart of government.

In reality, Ms. Stauth’s statement should read, “and BTW, both of us have a duty to explain our work and time to both of you!”

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