If voters want to keep their eyes on the ball of reduced government spending, then their two most important votes in Montgomery County are Keough for County Judge and Toth for State Representative

If voters want to keep their eyes on the ball of reduced government spending, then their two most important votes in Montgomery County are Keough for County Judge and Toth for State Representative

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Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer

Montgomery County voters and citizen-activists must keep their eyes on the ball throughout his very interesting November 6 General Election. Very clearly, the two most important votes which conservative-minded citizens must cast are for Montgomery County Judge, where the Republican Nominee is Mark Keough, and State Representative, District 15, where the Republican Nominee is Steve Toth.

Voter anger at democrats for their abusive handling of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing and for the democrats’ obstruction of President Trump’s reform efforts are important drivers in bringing out the vote. Locally, conservatives have experienced greater excitement over the Montgomery County Republican Party in 54 years since a group of grassroots conservatives have successfully dispersed the authority away from liberal octogenarian Wally Wilkerson who has tried to lock out conservatives from the Party during his entire tenure.

Voters and activists must remember to keep their eyes on the ball of the policies truly central to reform. Montgomery County’s government, under the direction of the County Commissioners Court, has had five Republican members since 1995 but, under Wilkerson’s Republican-In-Name-Only leadership, those Republicans have allowed County government spending to grow 424% in 20 years while population growth has only grown 84% during the same time period. In fact, the County government’s spending has grown at a significantly faster clip than that of the federal government (even during the Obama years) and faster than almost every other County in the State of Texas.

Currently, the five members of the Commissioners Court, who recently awarded themselves hefty salary increases so they now earn more than members of Congress, spend money faster than the most liberal of ultraliberal democrats.

How did we get to this point? 

Conservatives have been fighting an internal fight within the Montgomery County Republican Party since 1997 when a group of thirteen serious community leaders started the Republican Leadership Council (RLC) to encourage the local Republican Party to follow the Republican Party of Texas Platform. In 1998, the Republican Leadership Council was very critical of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court because they were too liberal in their spending habits. Texas Monthly then gave the RLC a “Bum Steer” Award because the RLC was supposedly so stupid as to call a 5-member Republican Commissioners Court too liberal in their 1998 “Bum Steer” Awards.

By 2016, the Commissioners Court had increased County government spending over the past 18 years by 424% while the population growth had only been 84%. Montgomery County’s Commissioners Court grew spending faster than any County in Texas.

When I started The Golden Hammer in 2017, I gave a “Bum Steer” Award back to Texas Monthly for their stupidity in failing to recognize the Republicans-In-Name-Only who had switched parties, as suburban Republican voters moved to this community, so they could win. New voters didn’t understand that Wilkerson and the Republican Party’s liberal leadership were enjoying their Republican votes when, in fact, neither Wilkerson nor his lieutenants ever supported the conservative principles of the Republican Party.

The difference in 2018, however, is that a lot of those voters have lived here long enough to observe the reality that Wilkerson’s Republican Party doesn’t act consistently with the Texas Republican Party or the Republican National Committee. As a result, it’s taken two decades, but we’ve finally begun to get the GOP in this community in line.

True fiscal conservatives have been appalled as they’ve observed the behavior of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court in the past five or so years. Social conservatives agree, because they’ve come to the realization that government without money would remove harmful governmental actions such as providing financial support for Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations that receive government funding in order to operate.

Montgomery County bears an important responsibility with respect to government spending nationwide. If a bedrock conservative community such as Montgomery County can’t run the leanest possible local government, then how can we expect the state or federal government to follow suit? The citizens of Montgomery County must set an example for other jurisdictions to show that conservatives and Republicans can fashion a government which prioritizes freedom and liberty rather than the maximum confiscation of tax dollars from its citizens.

Where does this November 6 Election fit in all of these circumstances? Keough and Toth.

In Montgomery County, 2018 is an important year. Finally, after two decades of working behind the scenes with a liberal anti-conservative Republican County Chairman Wilkerson against them, conservatives have the organizational ability to bring out conservative forces to the polls and to marshal citizen activism so that citizens may fulfill their duties to lead at the top of government’s organizational chart.

Incumbent members of the Commissioners Court, such as James Noack or Charlie Riley, should pay heed. Mouthing that they’re “conservative” while arrogantly voting for increased spending and rewarding themselves with higher salaries is unacceptable. Enjoying the tax increases perpetrated from the Montgomery Central Appraisal District is likewise not acceptable to citizens who have the prescience to follow Big Government trickery.

Incumbent members of the Commissioners Court, such as James Noack or Charlie Riley, should pay heed. Mouthing that they’re “conservative” while arrogantly voting for increased spending and rewarding themselves with higher salaries is unacceptable. Enjoying the tax increases perpetrated from the Montgomery Central Appraisal District is likewise not acceptable to citizens who have the prescience to follow Big Government trickery.

(Riley is on the ballot this year. Noack faces re-election in 2020.)

For the first time, a true reformer is running for a position on the Montgomery County Commissioners Court. The position for which he’s running happens to be Montgomery County Judge.

Mark Keough defeated ultraliberal anti-ethical Craig Doyal in the Republican Primary Election by a landslide margin. Keough enjoyed his strong victory for two reasons: first, reform-minded conservatives came out in force during the Primary Election and carried Keough with them; second, Keough is a magnificent campaigner and a truly wonderful individual.

Montgomery County Judge candidate Mark Keough. Keough currently serves as State Representative, District 15.

Keough doesn’t speak in euphemisms. He discusses the direct actions he intends to take. Keough entered into a “Contract with Montgomery County” which includes his proposals for reform of the Montgomery County. Mark Keough is serious. He’s a conservative. He has committed to spending reductions. He has committed to ethics reform.

Keough’s Contract with Montgomery County follows. The point is, however, that this guy is serious about bringing reform to Montgomery County’s government, which under the Commissioners Court consisting of Doyal, Riley, Noack, Jim Clark, and Mike Meador has been the most corrupt County government in Texas. Our County government is an embarrassment.

Steve Toth served one term in the Texas Legislature from 2013 to 2014, which was the 83rd Legislative Session. Toth had a spectacularly conservative voting record. Toth hasn’t been in public office during the past four years, but he’s continued to have enormous impact on Texas politics nonetheless.

Toth has truly become an important spokesman for reform statewide. Republicans saw Toth’s influence during the 2018 State Republican Convention in San Antonio when he had an enormous impact on the Party’s efforts to define its top five Legislative Priorities for the upcoming 86th Legislative Session in early 2019. When Toth talked, people listened. The reality is that Toth has a great understanding of the impact of state laws, especially those pertaining to property taxes, on the abusive spending which has occurred at the local level. Toth has made clear he intends to fight for property tax reform, ethics reform, and other important measures that will make Texas more taxpayer-friendly.

Toth and Keough and friends and work closely together. They’ve shown great leadership on an myriad of issues, so that Montgomery County conservatives as well as all citizens of this community will receive the most effective representation possible as they work for us as our public servants.

Conclusion

Conservative voters have some major opportunities in the 2018 General Election. Yes, there are other important races as well, such as the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, United States Senate, Montgomery County Treasurer, and other legislative positions up for grabs. Nevertheless, the election of Keough and Toth are at the core of the reforms that conservatives are seeking to bring now that they’ve finally wrested the Republican Party away from those who have misused it for so long.

Steve Toth, former State Representative, Fox 26 commentator, political leader and activist, and candidate for State Representative. He’s also one heckuva decent person.

 

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