Image: Conservative Republican leader Ginger Russell’s sign criticizing the GOP-censored Republican Voters of Texas PAC.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Magnolia, February 18 – Ginger Russell, the elected Republican Precinct Chair and Area Coordinator for the Montgomery County Republican Party and a longtime conservative activist, has drawn the ire of political consultant Kristin Christ and her husband for displaying a sign at a Magnolia area early voting location that criticizes the so-called “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” (RVT). The sign correctly states:
“VOTERS BEWARE!!! The Republican Voters of Texas PAC has been condemned by the Montgomery County Republican Party for Deceptive Electioneering.”
The RVT group has endorsed candidates whom Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley has selected as well as several who have hired Christ as their campaign consultant. Christ was the founder of the RVT, served as an officer, and largely controls the organization along with Riley. The group has continued their deceptive practice of approaching voters and asking, “Would you like a Republican voter guide?” when the group has no sanction from the Republican Party and has actually suffered condemnation from it. Riley, Christ, and her husband are major funding sources for the RVT.
On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Christ’s husband, Bryan, who is the current County Republican Party Chairman and has an enormous conflict of interest due to his direct financial interest in the candidacies of several of the candidates on the RVT slate due to his wife’s consulting work for them, sent a letter demanding that Russell stop displaying the sign and threatening Russell with a lawsuit due to claimed inaccuracies of the sign. The sign, however, is entirely factually accurate. Furthermore, Bryan Christ had no authority to send the letter in favor of the RVT on behalf of the local Republican Party.
On June 4, 2019, Wally Wilkerson, who served as Republican Party Chairman, presided over an enormously unified meeting of the Montgomery County Republican Party (MCRP) in which the elected Precinct Chairs celebrated the strength of the Grand Old Party (GOP) and the cohesion which the new Party leadership under former MCRP Vice Chairman Reagan Reed and the Steering Committee have shown since June, 2018. By a landslide margin of 25 votes in favor to only 15 against, the GOP County Executive Committee condemned the divisive “Republican Voters of Texas PAC,” which Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley and Christ created in order to try to defeat conservative candidates.
Despite the formal condemnation by the official Republican Party, the “Republican Voters of Texas PAC,” which some Republican Party leaders, including County Chairman candidate Jon Bouche, have dubbed “the wacko PAC,” the deceptive group continued to proceed with its plans to deceive voters in the 2020 and 2022 Republican Primary Elections. Claiming they support “unity” and wish to avoid “divisiveness,” the “Republican Voters” group, many of whom have worked to try to elect democrats as recently as the 2018 General Election, has endorsed candidates and passed out deceptive voter guides to create confusion among voters.
Several Republican Primary Election candidates, who have fallen for the fake group have actually engaged in full interviews and “vetting” by the organization which is little more than a front for pro-government-spending Big Government policies of Riley and his top political lieutenants.
Reed explained, “This group exists to divide and destroy the Republican Party. It is composed of a handful of embittered left leaning establishment Republicans who are upset that conservatives finally have a say in the party. They have decided to leave the party unless they can get back in control. They are now fraudulently using the Republican Party label even though they are not affiliated with the Republican Party. I am glad to see many candidates have recognized what a joke this group is and have declined to participate in their sham endorsement process. I will certainly be working against any candidate who accepts their endorsement.”
“This group exists to divide and destroy the Republican Party. It is composed of a handful of embittered left leaning establishment Republicans who are upset that conservatives finally have a say in the party. They have decided to leave the party unless they can get back in control. They are now fraudulently using the Republican Party label even though they are not affiliated with the Republican Party. I am glad to see many candidates have recognized what a joke this group is and have declined to participate in their sham endorsement process. I will certainly be working against any candidate who accepts their endorsement.” – – Former Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed, December 29, 2019.
The MCRP also condemned the divisive behavior of the PAC’s former president Maritza Ghiselle “Ritzy” Fletcher, former vice president John Webb, and treasurer Linda Stuckey for “destructive, divisive, deceptive, [and] spiteful activity within the Montgomery County Republican Party.” The Riley-sponsored PAC published a “hit list” of conservative leaders the fake Republican group hopes to defeat and, during the November 2018 General Election, “worked to defeat any and all…Republicans who stand in support of the RPT [Republican Party of Texas] Rules, Texas Election Code and the newly adopted MCRP bylaws.”
With 62.5% of the elected Republican Party Precinct Chairs voting in favor of the resolution to end the terribly divisive behavior of the fake Riley RVT PAC, the Republican Party announced that it “condemns and denounces the…[fake] PAC and demands that they cease and desist their bad faith use of the word ‘Republican’ in the name of their PAC and that they immediately discontinue this type of destructive, divisive, deceptive, spiteful activity…”
In past elections, Wilkerson has personally condemned the “Conservative Voters of Montgomery County,” a political action committee which Riley paid in 2018 to endorse a slate of candidates he favored in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election.
During the brief debate on the resolution, one Precinct Chairman stated that he realized that every word of the Resolution was true but he chose to vote against it anyway. In response, another Precinct Chair said, “So you’re going to vote against the truth?”
Former Precinct 35 GOP Chairman and former Steering Committee member Jon Bouche, who is also an elected Board of Directors member of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, explained that Riley and Christ had formed the fake PAC to oppose the MCRP after the Republican Party of Texas’s State Republican Executive Committee voted unanimously – including Senatorial District 3 Republican Committeewoman Judy Parada – that MCRP had properly adopted Bylaws and followed State Rules and the Texas Election Code.
Despite the unifying efforts of Reed and his leadership team, Riley and Christ have continued to oppose the MCRP at every turn.
Precinct 74 Precinct Chair Ginger Russell, who is also the Magnolia Area Chair for the Republican Party and assists and oversees the work of the Magnolia area Precinct Chairs, and who is a renowned expert on public education issues, threw her support behind the Resolution during the debate, after she explained that Riley’s fake PAC seemed “to target conservative Republicans.” Russell, also known as “The Quiet Lady From Magnolia,” for her soft spoken demeanor, has spent considerable time with Riley and is actively involved in Republican women’s clubs.
Bouche said, “I was so happy to see the enormous unity the Resolution engendered. The Montgomery County Republican Party is stronger than it has ever been in its history. We were the state leader among Republican County Parties in the November, 2018, General Election. I’m excited about our future.”