Image: Left to right, Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden, Jason Dunn, JP James Metts, County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport who is married to corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, and Montgomery County GOP Chairman Wally Wilkerson.
Conroe, February 22 – After Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon threatened to withdraw his political support for certain members of the Davenport Ring of politicians and elected officials who have followed the direction of corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, some of the members of the Davenport Ring – Precinct 4 Constable and Sheriff Rand Henderson – have fired Davenport unequivocally. Meanwhile, JP James Metts running for Precinct 4 County Commissioner in the March 6 Primary Election, political candidate Jason Dunn running for Metts’ position, and Wayne Mack have avoided answering questions about their relationship with the embattled political boss who now faces serious child sexual abuse allegations in Harris County after Davenport’s stepdaughter contacted law enforcement authorities there to commence criminal charges.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, broke the story about Davenport, “Sexual Abuse Allegations Raise Question Who Is Marc Davenport: Why Voters Should Get Rid Of The Davenport Ring, Part 3?” on Friday, February 16, 2018.
Later that day, February 16, it became clear that there is widespread knowledge concerning corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport’s “questionable past” and that people involved in Montgomery County government and politics have known that for many years. Highly respected former Montgomery County Judge’s Chief of Staff Ann Carr said, “Marc’s questionable past has been widely known for years. However, these new allegations take his past to a new level that is sickening.”
Attempting to salvage the reputation of the “establishment” figures whom the Courier blog has endorsed who work closely with Davenport, that blog published an article “Elected officials break ties with embattled consultant Davenport” on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in which infinitely-believing reporter Catherine Dominguez wrote that some members of the Davenport Ring – corrupt JP James Metts, evasive Jason Dunn, evasive Wayne Mack, Rand Henderson, and Rowdy Hayden – had ended their relationship with the corrupt political boss and that they haven’t had any relationship with him for a long time.
After the Courier blog initially published the largely-fictional story, Davenport himself got Dominguez to add a quote from him in which he referred to the group as “my clients.”
Both of the trusting and naive Dominguez’s themes in her largely fictional story weren’t true.
JP James Metts running for Precinct 4 County Commissioner
In the Courier blog story, Metts said that Davenport “has not managed his campaign since 2003” although he admitted “he has hired Davenport for in-depth research…in 2012.”
Nowhere in the Courier article did Metts actually state words to the effect that he has severed his ties to Davenport. Therefore, The Golden Hammer contacted Metts by email, direct message on Facebook, and telephone to leave messages asking for clarification. Metts did not respond but the County employee whom Metts pays to run his public relations on taxpayer dollars did respond with this email:
“Mr. Yollick, The schedule for Judge Metts is full at this time with the functions of his Office, including being on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to conduct inquests, in addition to the campaign efforts. Should there be an unexpected opening in his schedule, I will contact you. Regards, Jamie Nash Communications Coordinator Montgomery County, Pct. 4.”
This newspaper has confirmed that Metts has scheduled no hearings or court matters in his JP court during this entire week or the next two weeks as well. Several observers confirmed that Metts spent most of this afternoon horsing around on a trailer with two of the convicted felons who work on his campaign at the early voting location in New Caney.
There were numerous other problems with the Metts statement. First and foremost, he outright lied about his relationship with Davenport that the corrupt political boss “has not managed his campaign since 2003.” On May 23, 2017, 6:23 p.m., Davenport wrote the Publisher of this newspaper a letter, which The Golden Hammer confirmed Davenport sent to each of his clients and, of course, in which he specifically named who his clients were at that time: Rand Henderson, Wayne Mack, Stephanne Davenport, Jason Dunn, James Metts, and Rowdy Hayden.
Dominguez, the “establishment” reporter, wrote an article on December 4, 2017, in which she said,
“Political consultant Marc Davenport, who represents Metts, confirmed there would be an announcement regarding Metts’ plans later this week but declined to provide any additional details.”
Courier blog, December 4, 2017, “Precinct 4 JP Metts expected to make announcement on future political plans.”
On December 9, 2017, Metts made that announcement at a sparsely-attended event in Splendora at the restaurant and flower shop Metts and his County employee girlfriend, whom the taxpayers pay to be Metts’ full-time “Juvenile Coordinator,” own together. Davenport organized the entire event and he was at the event directing all of the activity.
In November, 2013, and January, 2014, when Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark was running for office, Metts attempted to persuade Clark to hire Davenport as Clark’s political consultant. Clark described the incident:
“After interviewing Marc Davenport at Metts’ urging, I found Davenport to be unethical and not a man of character. I told Metts about my impressions. Metts responded, ‘Yeah, but that’s what I like about Davenport. He can get dirty, and you can’t win without him.'”
Jason Dunn running for Metts’ position
The Courier blog quoted Dunn as stating “he did not use Davenport’s campaign services for the campaign for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace. He added he has no plans to use Davenport in the future.”” Please note that there is NOT a typographic error with the double quotation mark. The Courier blog article had the free-roaming quotation mark at the end of the paragraph about Dunn.
The problem for Dunn is two-fold. First Dunn, who faces longtime Deputy Constable Ronald Willingham in the March 6 Republican Primary, has actually refused to indicate what his relationship is with Davenport, although he has clarified he won’t use Davenport in the future. Here’s Dunn’s official statement:
“Recently, accusations have been made against a local political consultant, Marc Davenport. In response to questions that I have received, I wanted to post it here so that you can get the facts from the source: The extent of Mr. Davenport’s involvement in my campaign has been overstated. I have a team of volunteers who have been helping me with my campaign since the beginning. I have no plans to use services offered by Marc Davenport.”
When The Golden Hammer asked Dunn, “What was Mr. Davenport’s role in your campaign?” Dunn refused to answer the question.
Davenport’s May 23, 2017, letter, however, made clear that Dunn hired Davenport and that Davenport spoke for Dunn during 2017. Dunn has told numerous individuals in East Montgomery County, who confirmed the statements on the condition of anonymity, that Dunn “hired Davenport as my [Dunn’s] consultant so he won’t go after me.”
Other than corrupt embattled County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, the current wife of Marc Davenport, there simply is no one in Montgomery County with closer ties to the alleged child sexual abuser than JP Wayne Mack.
Mack, of course, thinks quite highly of himself. On January 1, 2015, Mack gave a speech in which he referred to his taking the oath of office to become the JP eight months earlier, “We had the honor of putting our hand on the Bible for the first time…” (Emphasis added.) Mack speaks in the royal “we.”
In Dominguez’s Courier blog article yesterday, Mack didn’t address whether he would continue to utilize Davenport’s political consulting services. Since Mack didn’t answer that issue in the blog article, The Golden Hammer asked Mack the same question in writing twice before he finally provided an evasive answer late yesterday afternoon:
“Mr. Yollick, I have received requests for comment in connection with the criminal allegations against political consultant Marc Davenport, who was hired to be part of my campaign to become Montgomery County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace in 2014 as a consultant. Like everyone that does know Marc as a consultant and friend, I was shocked. Allegations of this nature should always be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated for the sake of the accuser and the accused. As a member of the Judiciary and as I do daily in my Court to ensure due process & fairness to all parties concerned, I will continue to rely on and have complete confidence that the evidence, Law Enforcement and the Courts will bring justice in this matter.”
“As a political consultant Marc works for me building community relationships, repairing the damage done by those creating chaos, assisting me with my extra judicial activities such as my community events and my fight for religious freedom, my election and my re-election. Advising me on things that might effect the issues I care about. Running interference with the terrorizing bullies, so that I can do my job serving you. There is no budget in a government office to accommodate the subversive activities, so that is why we personally hire consultants. The implication of him or anyone having influence over my operations is wrong.”
Captain Carlisle explained that Henderson paid Davenport $70,000 in 2015 for campaign management services during the 2016 Republican Primary Election and for marketing and advertising after Henderson won. Carlisle said that Henderson has not paid Davenport since that time and that Davenport’s role has been “relatively minimal” since the Sheriff took office. “Mark has been involved in fundraising and assists in fundraising. He has good contacts but we’ve developed relationships with many of those contacts ourselves among the members of the Sheriff’s Leadership Team in the Sheriff’s Office,” Carlisle explained.
Carlisle confirmed, “We will have no more relationship with Marc Davenport whatsoever. Mr. Davenport is still entitled to due process with respect to the allegations, which we find very upsetting. Our hearts go out to this potential victim, because the rippling effects of something like that can last forever. None of us foresaw how things would end up with Marc Davenport.”
As for the Sheriff’s Foundation, Carlisle explained the situation a bit differently than the Courier article depicted. “The Sheriff knew that Marc had established the Foundation with Marc, the Sheriff, and Mrs. Henderson on the Board of Directors. We used the Foundation for the toy drive at Christmas last year and for other benevolence stuff…That organization will now be dissolved and we’ll form a new organization that will meet the needs of the community.”
Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden
Hayden clearly has been the most forthright among the Davenport Ring members ever since the May 23, 2017, letter from Davenport to this Publisher in which Davenport attempted to cut off all communication between The Golden Hammer and Davenport’s clients.
Hayden has continuously stated that he has not used Davenport’s services for “several years.”
“I will not use Marc Davenport’s services again,” Hayden told this newspaper.