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The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe and Montgomery County, August 4 – The Montgomery County Republican Party (MCRP) is a mess. It lacks leadership. Its County Chairman, Bryan Christ, polarizes rather than unifies. Two factions – grassroots conservatives and a group based in Magnolia – have overrun the entire Party.
In five attempts over the past two weeks, MCRP and Christ abjectly failed to hold an organizational meeting where both sides could even agree whether or not they had adopted Bylaws and elected officers to lead the organization. The two sides don’t speak to each other. Christ often refuses to communicate and purposefully excludes elected Republican Precinct Chairs for participating in meetings where they have every right.
The fundamental problem with MCRP, however, is not dissension from within its ranks. That is more a symptom of the fact that the Republican Party in Montgomery County, the eleventh most populous county in Texas, has completely lost sight of its sole purpose: to aid Republican candidates in winning general elections. MCRP has failed to run its own general election campaign in twenty-four (24) years. Poor leadership and lack of organization have pulled the group into irrelevance.
Today, MCRP primarily raises money from candidates and Republican elected officials. It doesn’t run telephone banks. It doesn’t send mailers. It doesn’t organize individuals to work at the polls or to block-walk for candidates. Instead candidates must take those actions entirely on their own.
Clearly, the direction of the money flow is the reverse of what it should be. MCRP should provide its candidates with funds to run campaigns, not the other way around.
In 2018, Montgomery County, and particularly Texas Senator Ted Cruz, benefitted enormously from a 2018 Victory Campaign in the November General Election. That campaign, however, ran entirely outside of the Republican Party, because then-Chairman Wally Wilkerson refused to participate in it.
The last true general election campaign MCRP ever ran was in 1994, the year Republicans swept to victory nationwide and gained control of the United States House of Representatives in more than forty (40) years. MCRP ran a strong phone bank operation, worked the polls for its candidates, knocked on doors and dropped off candidate literature, and sent checks to candidates’ campaigns. MCRP made a substantial difference in the defeat by young oilman Michael Galloway who ousted Democratic “Dean of the Senate” Carl Parker of Beaumont from the Texas Senate.
Four years later, however, MCRP had lost its organizational interest in helping candidates. Galloway lost his re-election bid to Democrat David Berntsen. MCRP never sent checks to political candidates again but instead started raising money from candidates to help the Party maintain its almost pointless office.
As both factions continue to fight with each other over their control of MCRP, perhaps they should attempt to unify under the answer to the question: why does MCRP not fulfill its core function to raise money for candidates rather than from them and why does MCRP not run general election campaigns on which candidates may rely?
If the factions fail to garner that focus, they will continue to fight over nothing but their hatred towards each other