Image: The so-called “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” is little more than a continuation of Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s “war against conservatives.” In the photograph, Riley, shown at left, is doing “battle” with a representative of the elected conservative Republican Precinct Chairs, at right.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Montgomery County, March 2 – Despite formal condemnation by the Montgomery County Republican Party (MCRP) for “deceptive electioneering,” the so-called “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” continues to engage in its deceptive practices during the 2020 Republican Primary Election. The group, which is little more than an extension of Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s “war against conservatives,” which he declared on May 22, 2018, during a campaign rally, has engaged in “pay to play” actions whereby candidates who have received the endorsement of the organization must pay the group for its support and advertising.
Riley and his political team chose to form the new fake political action committee by the name of “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” to try to confuse voters about their affiliation and endorsements. Riley’s campaign manager, Kristin Nichole also known as Kristin Christ, whose husband is running for MCRP Chairman, in the March 3, 2020, Republican Primary Election, runs the phony PAC and has prepared all of its advertising. In reality, despite its name, the new phony PAC has openly worked for democrats instead of Republicans.
The phony PAC claims that its president is Ritzy Fletcher, who is the wife of a City of Shenandoah City Councilman. Fletcher made clear on social media during the November 2018 General Election that she and her family supported Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke and democrats. Fletcher is running for Republican Precinct Chair in the March 3 Republican Primary Election this year.
At least two other board members of Riley’s fake “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” openly supported the ultra-liberal gay rights activist who ran as a democrat in 2018 for Montgomery County Judge. They are Greg Long, who is a convicted felon and works closely with Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts, and Jodi Ruonavar, who resigned as a Republican Precinct Chair on March 6 when liberal lame duck County Judge Craig Doyal lost his re-election bid. Long is running for Precinct Chairman in the March 3 Republican Primary Election as well.
The phony PAC has close ties to Wally Wilkerson, the rogue GOP Chairman, whom the State Republican Executive Committee’s Officials Committee determined “engaged in conduct to disgrace the Republican Party” on October 2, 2018. One of Wilkerson’s attorneys who lost that ruling is on the fake PAC Board, as is Charlie Parada, who acted as Wilkerson’s spokesman to the State Republican Executive Committee, even though Parada’s wife, Judy Parada, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee, voted against Wilkerson on a major vote. Parada is also running for Republican Precinct Chairman and has received the fake PAC’s endorsement.
Additionally, a left-leaning political activist, James Nelson, who has worked on the Riley campaign, has campaigned for the democrat running for Montgomery County Judge and also passes out campaign flyers for Riley’s fake PAC.
“Pay to Play”
The financial contributors to the “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” include several candidates whom the organization endorsed:
- Bryan Christ, who is running for MCRP Chairman, $300;
- Bruce Tough, who is running for 457th District Judge, $1,000;
- Riley, $2,500;
- Precinct 5 Constable Chris Jones, $2,500;
- Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden, $1,000;
- Jaime Metts, the son of Commissioner Metts, who is running for Precinct 12 GOP Chairman and has received the fake PAC’s endorsement, $1,000;
- Parada, $220;
- Robert Walker, who is running for Precinct 1 County Commissioner and whose campaign manager is Nicole, $2,500;
- Precinct 1 Constable Philip Cash, $250;
- Vince Santini, who is running for 457th District Judge, $250; and
- Scott Goleman, who is running for Chief Justice of the 9th Court of Appeals, $1,000.
Unlike the fake PAC, the Texas Patriots PAC and the Montgomery County Tea Party do not engage in “pay to play” methods, which are little more than buying an endorsement from an organization established to attempt to fool the voters.
Conflicts of Interest
Several of the fake PAC’s officers or directors, including Fletcher and Parada as examples, are running for office and have received endorsements from their own organization without disclosing to voters that the organization is under their control.
The “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” has put candidates forward to challenge almost three dozen conservative Republican Precinct Chairs as well as conservative Republican Jon Bouche, who is running for MCRP Chairman against Christ.