Conroe, May 8 – An attorney for Empower Texans sent a demand letter to Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright on April 25, 2018, after Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal unlawfully forced the removal of GOP leader Reagan Reed during the April 24, 2018, Commissioners Court meeting. Doyal directed Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Billy Jordan to remove Reed from the Commissioners Court when Reed approached the podium to make a citizen comment against the $95 million, 3 mile, TX 249 Tollway project, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway.
Reed is an elected Republican Precinct Chairman who was just re-elected to that position on March 6. Reed is currently the youngest elected Republican Precinct Chairman in the State of Texas.
During April 24, 2018, citizen comments on the shameful $95 million Tollway that Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley are shoving down the citizens’ throats, Reed, who is also the Houston correspondent for Empower Texans, rose to make a comment and approached the podium. Doyal angrily pointed at Reed and said, “Have a seat please! You’re not signed up to speak!”
Reed said, “I got here more than 5 minutes early. Your clerk told me I would be allowed to speak.”
In the past, Doyal has allowed citizens to speak even if they didn’t sign up to speak at all. In the past two meetings, however, without any written rules or approval from the Commissioners Court, Doyal has created his own rules that citizens must sign up to speak to the Commissioners Court at least by 9:20 a.m. Doyal’s secretary, Sylvia Olszowy, confirmed on video that “we make up the rules however we feel” in a conversation with Republican Precinct Chair Ginger Russell videotaped early Tuesday morning.
Doyal repeated, “If you don’t have a seat, you’ll be removed.” Reed answered, “If you want that to be in the press, come on.”
Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack interrupted and said, “You’re breaking your own protocol. You have done this time and time again.”
Doyal hissed, “No, I’m not” similar to the manner in which a 3-year-old might protect a toy he just grabbed from another child on the playground.
Noack responded, “You have let people who have not signed up come and speak. Come on, Judge. The people want to have a voice. Give them one.” The audience overwhelmingly chimed in that Doyal should have allowed Reed, a highly-respected leader of the Republican Party, to speak.
Sheriff’s Sergeant Billy Jordan then pulled Reed out of the Commissioners’ meeting room and required Reed to stand outside of the meeting during the entire remainder of the Commissioners Court for almost two hours.
Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley laughed while Jordan arrested Reed.
Doyal then made clear that his real intent was to prevent Reed from speaking against the Tollway: “He said the same thing every time he has come. We know what he is going to say.”
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, obtained a copy of the demand letter from Empower Texans by a request under the Texas Public Information Act, by request to the Montgomery County government, after Reed declined to provide a copy of the letter to this newspaper.
Attorney Tony McDonald of Austin informed Lambright that Empower Texans is contemplating “legal action against Montgomery County and Judge Doyal to remedy these civil rights violations” with respect to Reed.
A copy of the full letter from the Empower Texans attorney follows.