Conservative activist Cook’s call for Davenport Ring members to denounce rape, incest, abuse ignored, while County Judge Doyal’s actions utterly bizarre

Political activist Kelli Cook.

Conroe, February 18 – Political activist Kelli Cook, a close associate of former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul and a resident of Montgomery, raised an important question to the members of the Davenport Ring, the group of politicians and elected officials who take direction from and use the political consulting services of corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport: “Even if you don’t care to take a position on whether or not Davenport is guilty of the conduct of which his stepdaughter accused him, will you at least denounce rape, incest, and abuse?”

On Friday, February 16, 2018, The Golden Hammer reported the accusations of Davenport’s stepdaughter against him involving pedophilia, physical abuse, and possibly even incest. Unlike countless elected officials and political activists who denounced such conduct, even if they took no position on whether Davenport actually committed that misconduct, the members of the Davenport Ring have been silent. It’s particularly disconcerting because some of the Davenport Ring are high-level law enforcement officers while others are seeking election in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election.

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, local conservative political activist Kelli Cook posted a comment on Facebook the entirety of which was “The GOP county chair challenger just got a huge boost to his campaign. Being promoted by Marc Davenport is like the kiss of death. Kinda like an endorsement by Joe Straus. Congrats Terrence Boggs! #DumpDavenport.”

Over the next few days there were some comments of a political nature in response to Cook’s post.

On Wednesday, February 14, however, a lady (whom we’ll refer to as “StepDaughter” because she remains fearful of Marc Davenport even today) made the following post:

“My mother was married to Marc Davenport when I was a child. He sexually abused myself and my younger sister. He also physically abused my mother (now passed) his ex-wife. Marc Davenport is a disgusting pig and it’s time everyone knows it.”

On Thursday, February 15, StepDaughter agreed to an interview with this newspaper. The Golden Hammer asked her about the timing of her allegations. StepDaughter explained that “I had reached out to Marc in 2015 to try to address these issues with him directly. He’s a sociopath. I wanted to talk to him about what he did to us, me and my younger sister. I want to make sure nothing like that ever happens to my daughter.”

StepDaughter did not know Davenport’s prominence in Montgomery County or his political involvement until she saw Cook’s post, as she explained to this newspaper during the interview. StepDaughter explained, “I saw Marc mentioned on Facebook and all of the feelings I’ve been holding in just came out, and I felt I had to warn others about who he really is.”

After The Golden Hammer ran the story, “Sexual abuse allegations raise question who is Marc Davenport: Why voters should get rid of the Davenport Ring, Part 3?” on Friday, February 16, the Davenport Ring members were silent. None of them even condemned the type of behavior reported in the article.

Cook began to ask several members of the Davenport Ring to explain their positions with respect to the conduct StepDaughter alleged, even if they weren’t going to say whether or not they believed Davenport had engaged in that conduct. Not surprisingly, JP James Metts, one of Davenport’s closest clients who is running for Precinct 4 County Commissioner against incumbent Jim Clark and who has had sexual harassment problems himself that have cost Montgomery County taxpayers substantially, made no comment condemning pedophilia, rape, incest, or abuse. Similarly, it’s not surprising that Davenport’s wife, embattled County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, has remained silent in light of the allegations.

It is surprising, however, that Jason Dunn, the Harris County law enforcement officer running for Metts’ JP 4 seat, Sheriff Rand Henderson, Constable Rowdy Hayden, District Clerk candidate Cynthia Jamieson, and Montgomery County Republican County Chairman Wally Wilkerson were silent and didn’t pay attention to Cook’s call for them to condemn the misconduct. In fact, Cook has explained that Wilkerson repeatedly deleted Cook’s request for Wilkerson to make a statement on Wilkerson’s Facebook page.

Similarly, one of Davenport’s most vocal clients who has attempted to claim Biblical authority is JP Wayne Mack. Mack often publicly asks for prayers for himself and for his closest political allies. Mack, however, has remained completely silent and uttered no expression of compassion for victims of sexual abuse, pedophilia, incest, or physical abuse.

The strangest reaction to Cook’s calls for public comment came from Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, a close associate of Davenport who tried to hire Davenport as a political consultant for the 2018 election. Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Davenport are co-indictees in the criminal case against them for alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act. Doyal paid Davenport $5,000 to represent Doyal in the negotiations that resulted in the criminal indictments.

After Cook challenged the members of the Davenport Ring to comment on these serious issues, Doyal actually issued a statement, which he later removed from his political campaign website a few hours later. A screenshot of the Doyal statement follows:

Screen shot of the statement Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal released and then withdrew concerning the allegations by Marc Davenport’s stepdaughter against Davenport.

Doyal never responded to Cook’s last question. Instead, he removed the statement altogether.

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