Image: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal campaign advertisement which conservative political activist Kelli Cook has marked, because Cook never liked the advertisement or the other false statements Doyal made in it.
Conroe, December 24 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, in a desperate effort to win re-election despite his freespending use of citizen tax dollars to grow total spending in the Montgomery County government to record levels, was caught red-handed when conservative political activist announced that the statement she “liked” and supported Doyal on the sponsored Facebook ad is false.
Doyal’s advertisement on Facebook has run at least during the day on December 24, 2017. Strangely, Doyal’s advertisement has shown Kelli Cook as “liking” the ad and Doyal’s message. The reality is nothing of the sort. In fact, Cook explained this evening, Doyal has actually blocked Cook from accessing his Facebook page and any of his posts, because Cook has consistently criticized Doyal for the massive government spending and waste he has fostered. When Cook lobbied for a 20% homestead exemption earlier this year, Doyal consistently opposed the proposal as he wanted County government tax collections to be has high as possible.
After Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark called for 5% across-the-board spending reductions for all County government departments, outside of law enforcement, Doyal told County departments to ignore them.
Noack told The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, on May 4, 2017, “Doyal is telling Department heads they don’t need to cut their budgets and he’ll take the money out of road and bridge funds from the Commissioners Precincts, if necessary. Doyal and some of my Commissioners Court colleagues have family members in the County government who they’re trying to protect, so they won’t cut budgets.”
In the false advertisement, Doyal calls himself “a true, tax and budget-cutting conservative.” Doyal has never cut taxes at all, although he did reluctantly go along with Noack’s proposal to reduce the tax rate by 1 cent in 2016, as did all members of the Commissioners Court. Doyal opposed the 20% homestead exemption proposal until after Noack, Clark, and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley announced during an open meeting of the Commissioners Court that they would support the proposal. Doyal didn’t want to look like he opposed the tax reduction so he went along with it.
Doyal has never cut the budget of the Montgomery County government at all, despite calls and a 38-page detailed proposal from the Citizens Budget Committee in July, 2017, describing how budget cuts could easily occur without any reduction in County government services. Instead, Doyal led the passage of the highest governmental expenditure budget in the history of the Montgomery County government. (The total spending budget went down this year solely because Noack showed the County Auditor how to reduce debt service by approximately $22 million per year.)
As for being a conservative, Doyal has made clear that he believes a “fiscal conservative” is someone who supports increasing government spending. Doyal has also said that the ceiling for a “fiscal conservative” to increase spending is the rate of population growth and inflation. As County Clerk Mark Turnbull showed during his budget presentation in July, 2017, under Doyal, the Montgomery County government has greatly exceeded Doyal’s claimed ceiling for a”fiscal conservative.” In other words, under Doyal’s own definition of a “conservative,” Doyal is lying in his false campaign advertising.
Shame on Doyal for lying on Christmas Eve and on Christmas.