Image: Precinct 4 Administrator Marie Moore received the threatening text message from Judge Wayne Mack on April 8, 2014.
Conroe, June 1 – Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack, a client of political consultant Marc Davenport, sent a threatening text message to County employee Marie Moore on April 8, 2014: “You need to give your heart to Jesus. Because the rest of you belongs to Marc [Davenport] and he wants his reputation back.” The full text of the threatening message appears below.
Moore, who is Precinct 4 Administrator for County Commissioner Jim Clark at his office in New Caney, has now released the full text message she received that was the subject of a previous story in The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper. The text message reveals the identity of the sender, Wayne Mack. The original story was “Elected Official to Marie Moore: ‘You Need to Give Your Heart to Jesus Because the Rest of You Belongs To Us,” (The Golden Hammer, March 23, 2017). Moore had changed the text message in order to avoid controversy.
Davenport and his wife Stephanne Davenport, the Montgomery County Treasurer, seem to use threats against people on a regular basis in order to try to keep them in line politically. A common threat the Davenports use is that Davenport will order his political clients – Mack, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts, Sheriff Rand Henderson, Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace candidate Jason Dunn – to withdraw their support or oppose people politically. Last week, the Davenports threatened County Judge Craig Doyal and Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham. (See “Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham: ‘The Davenports’ Threats Against County Judge Craig Doyal Are An Insult To The Law Enforcement Community And The Citizens’ (The Davenports, Part 1),” The Golden Hammer, May 31, 2017).
Moore provided a full statement to The Golden Hammer describing what occurred. Moore has offered to undergo a polygraph examination with respect to the veracity of her comments.
Moore read yesterday’s edition of The Golden Hammer and provided the text message due to her concerns about recent threats she has received from some of the associates of the Davenports and some of their clients. “Several people close to the Davenports have told me that, if James Metts wins the Commissioner Precinct 4 primary election against Commissioner Clark and local activist Bob Bagley, I’ll need to be looking for another job, because the Davenports won’t let me stay here,” Moore said.
Moore’s full statement follows:
“Just a few days after the March 4, 2014 Primary, a newly elected official went to Craig Doyal and told him that I had been giving inside information to Mark Bosma [Doyal’s electoral opponent in the 2014 Republican Primary Election] and helping him. Even though this was not true, Craig still removed me from his campaign team. A week after the Primary election, Craig called me and said to turn my mailbox key over to Lindsey, his daughter, and that she would be taking over my duties in the campaign. Craig and his friends immediately started their harassment of me. On April 8, 2014, I received a text from the same person that accused me of giving Bosma inside information (which I still have) that stated, “”You need to give your heart to Jesus. Because the rest of you belongs to Marc [Davenport] and he wants his reputation back.”
“From that point forward, they did everything they could to destroy me and my reputation in the community. They tried to get me fired from a job that I loved for 34 years [as the Administrative Assistant for the County Engineer]. They were successful in making it impossible for me to keep my job in the Engineering Department. They never expected me to transfer to Commissioner Precinct 4.
“After finding out that I would not be leaving employment with the County, in late 2014, they filed a false complaint against me with the District Attorney and the Texas Rangers. A complaint about a political mailer of all things. Because this complaint sat on a Ranger’s desk (who was out for 9 months), it took a year for me to tell my side. In the end, it was determined that there was no merit to the claim and I was cleared of any wrongdoing. In that year, the damage was done, Doyal and friends were able to smear my good name throughout the County and the community that I had lived my entire life. They told everyone they could, and sent a mass email to hundreds, stating that I was being investigated by the Texas Rangers. I was hurt further by this and my family was hurt. Some friends of mine were told that if they continued to be friends with me, they would receive the same treatment I got. I was involved in many Clubs. They made it impossible for me to maintain my membership. This nightmare went on for 18 months.
“Just before Commissioner Jim Clark was sworn into office on January 1, 2015, he was told by Craig Doyal and many of his friends, that if Jim kept me, they would never support him and would never step foot in his office. This was very hard on Commissioner Clark and his family. He stood tall against this group and made the decision to keep me. He believed that doing your job and doing it well, should count for something. He didn’t want politics to play a part in which employees he kept. Most employees would have packed and moved away after going through something like this. Only God, my faith, family and true friends got me through this awful time. Plus, I knew all along that I had the Truth on my side.
“I cried every single day for the first year. One day, I stopped crying. God put a direction in my life. I threw myself into my new job. In time, the truth came out. I don’t worry anymore about losing my job. I only wished that I had the courage to step up in early 2015 when Bosma lost his job. At that time, I was so afraid of losing my own job that I wasn’t able to help him.
“Now seeing that the same thing is happening to our HR Director Dodi Shaw, I cannot sit in silence any longer. Every day that I don’t speak up is the day that she might be let go. I could never live with myself if that happened. Dodi is not a political person, but she was friends with Mark Bosma. She loves her job and she is very good at it. That should count for something.
“I know by coming forward, the attacks on me may start again. That’s okay, I’m not that scared girl I was 3 years. The girl that was afraid to fight back. Hopefully, by me telling my story, it will keep other great employees from being sent home.”
When The Golden Hammer originally reported this story concerning Moore’s statement, Moore did not provide the actual text message, so it was not clear that the primary people behind the threats against Moore were Marc and Stephanne Davenport, along with their client Mack.
Mack is a judge who is part of the law enforcement community in this County. His conduct in threatening a County employee is unacceptable, even if he was making those threats on behalf of someone else.
Threats from judges, threats to turn sworn peace officers against you, and threats against elected representatives such as Doyal and Ham are completely unacceptable behavior in Montgomery County or anywhere else that has a Texas or American flag flying over it. The Davenports’ conduct has become an issue in the upcoming 2018 election for County elected officials. Citizens should examine any Davenport client with the most wary eye.