The Woodlands and New Caney, January 28 – During the same period when United States Congressman Kevin Brady, who claims to be a Republican, and his Campaign Manager Christian Collins refused to provide any financial support to the Montgomery County Republican Party’s Victory 2018 General Election campaign, Brady and Collins gave corrupt Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts a one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) campaign contribution. Metts’ January 15, 2019, Campaign Finance Report reflects the contribution from the left-leaning Congressman.
Brady’s contribution to Metts reveals the duplicity of Brady and Collins when a year earlier Collins attended Metts’ campaign kickoff as supporting Metts in the corrupt member of the Davenport Ring’s effort to unseat then-incumbent Commissioner Jim Clark. Brady never gave Clark campaign contributions during Clark’s original Commissioner campaign or during Clark’s term in office.
On Saturday, December 9, 2017, JP James Metts held a so-called “Unity” rally where he announced he was running for Montgomery County Commissioner, a step up even though the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that Metts made multiple sexual advances on a Montgomery County employee inside his court office and then terminated her employment after she rebuffed having sex with him. According to the formal EEOC Findings, Metts had threatened to hit the employee if she wouldn’t have sex with him. Montgomery County taxpayers had to pay $45,000 to the former County employee in 2014 to cover up Metts’ wrongdoing. Now, Metts is in a sexual relationship with another County employee who is a direct-report to him in his JP court office.
Metts had tricked a number of local law enforcement people from East Montgomery County to attend the rally by telling them he was going to present plaques to them at the beginning of the rally to thank them for their service. At least two of those law enforcement leaders quickly moved off the stage before Metts turned the event into his political platform to announce his run for office against incumbent Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark, who has consistently supported the law enforcement community in his work as commissioner.
Only a handful of people showed up for Metts’ orchestrated event. One of those people who attended was Christian Collins, the Campaign Manager for United States Congressman Kevin Brady. Collins signed a list of elected officials when he appeared at the event.
After the plaque presentations, disgraced former County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, also, of course, a member of the Davenport Ring, stood up before the small group of people and read off the list of names of elected officials “who are standing up in support of Judge Metts…Christian Collins on behalf of Congressman Kevin Brady!” Davenport’s husband, Marc Davenport, the leader of the corrupt political ring, coordinated the entire event.
Collins was right there when Davenport read his and Brady’s names. Collins stood mute and did nothing to correct Davenport’s claim that the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has endorsed Metts, who ought to resign from office for disgracing the Montgomery County government – and its taxpayers – rather than running for higher office.
Brady has also stood mute on this matter, although Collins tried to explain it away a few hours after the event had ended. Brady shouldn’t be too busy to make clear to the citizens of Montgomery County whom he represents in Congress that he doesn’t endorse Metts.
Collins tried to explain why he was even at the Metts event: “I went to the meeting yesterday to find out what was going on in East Montgomery County. I want to learn,” Collins told The Golden Hammer. Collins claimed he would attend events for Clark or for the other candidate in the contested Republican Primary Election contest for Precinct 4 County Commissioner, Bob Bagley, who serves as an elected official on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Hospital District.
Collins’ explanation for appearing at the event doesn’t work. Brady never attended events for Clark’s campaign. Bagley has also had several events at which neither Collins nor Brady ever attended. The $1,000 campaign contribution reveals the fact that Brady and Collins supported Metts and don’t seem to have any concern about sexual harassment of County employees, abuses of office, Metts’ multi-million profit off the TX 249 Tollway, and his record of violations of the Texas Judicial Conduct Code and Texas law.
It’s important to note who was not at the Metts event: State Representative Cecil Bell, State Senator Brandon Creighton, Montgomery County Clerk Mark Turnbull, and School Board President and candidate for County Treasurer Melanie Pryor Bush. Those individuals are elected officials who represent the geographic area or were running for office in the geographic area. This newspaper confirmed that all of them knew about the event and neither attended nor sent word that they “supported” Metts.
With all of the criticism of Metts during the Republican Primary Election for his corruption and abuses of his JP office, it’s shocking that Brady and Collins would disregard all of those disturbing facts and give Metts a large campaign contribution.
Endorsing or appearing to endorse a sexual harasser is not a matter on which Brady or Collins – morally – should stay silent. There are many signs that Brady and Collins are out of touch with the citizens of Montgomery County. The $1,000 campaign contribution to Metts in light of Brady’s and Collins’ unwillingness to support the Montgomery County Republican Party or other candidates confirms how out of touch they are.
Neither Brady nor Collins returned telephone calls seeking comment or explanation.