Conroe, November 24 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has ensured that the Montgomery County Commissioners Court will stay on record in support of transgender adoptions in Montgomery County by failing to include any amendment to the November 14, 2017, “Proclamation” Doyal sponsored, placed on the agenda, voted for, and signed. Meanwhile, his utter hypocrisy over proclamations will also continue on November 28, as it has become apparent that the county judge uses those proclamations to favor one political favorite over another.
Doyal’s continued support of transgender adoptions
At the November 14, 2017, Doyal tricked the Commissioners Court into supporting unanimously two proclamations in favor of transgender adoptions of children. After this newspaper reported the story on Thursday, November 16, there was a gigantic citizen outcry for the Commissioners Court to amend the pro-transgender adoption resolutions – tucked in two proclamations favoring adoptions in general.
Many citizens have even called for an emergency Commissioners Court meeting to rescind or amend the pro-transgender adoption proclamation. Doyal sponsored the resolutions. A close friend of Doyal’s read the two proclamations aloud during the November 14 meeting. The Commissioners Court then voted unanimously to support the resolutions, including the transgender adoption language. Amazingly, Doyal and each County Commissioner then signed the two proclamations to show their support of them.
After the citizen outcry against Doyal, his close friend and political contributor Terri Jaggers, who also receives substantial funds from Montgomery County’s government (and, of course, taxpayers), produced a video where she took the blame for the offensive proclamations. Jaggers, about whom this newspaper was unaware prior to her November 17 video, apologized to Doyal, the County Commissioners, the Publisher of this newspaper, and the community for the offensive language in the two proclamations. Nevertheless, Jaggers later went on the attack against The Golden Hammer for bringing the two proclamations to the attention of the readers and other citizens of Montgomery County.
During a Montgomery County Tea Party meeting on November 20, 2017, several citizens signed another proclamation supporting a “Ginger and Calvin Russell Day” on November 30 in Montgomery County, because the Russells “exemplify” good parenting, including the fact that one of their two daughters has adopted three children in addition to her biological children. Of course, Doyal probably has found the Russells’ daughter’s adoption of three children offensive, because the Russells’ daughter has taken the unusual step of marriage to someone of the opposite gender.
On November 21, 2017, the Texas Pastors Council, a leading pro-family organization, issued a letter condemning the Montgomery County Commissioners Court adoption proclamations due to the “anti-family social agenda” language contained in those unanimously-passed documents. The Council called for the Commissioners Court to take swift corrective action to remove the offensive language from the two otherwise pro-adoption resolution.
On November 21, Doyal refused to include the pro-family “Ginger and Calvin Russell Day” proclamation on the resolution. Doyal angrily announced “I’m not putting that on the agenda…request denied.” Realizing the rude nature of his behavior around 9:32 a.m. that morning, Doyal issued another statement to The Golden Hammer around 11 a.m., stating, “While I applaud Mrs. Russell’s contributions to society as an adoptive parent, it would be highly inappropriate for the court to single out one adoptive parent for honors out of a county of 570,000 people, especially since there was no process established to determine which single person among all of Montgomery County should earn this honor.”
Doyal’s statement revealed his low cognitive reading level, as the proposed pro-family resolution made clear that the Russells were not adoptive parents at all but rather that their daughter is an adoptive parent.
Yesterday, November 22, 2017, Doyal and his office staff, including “chief of staff” jim fredricks and Administrative Assistant Patti Werner, posted the Commissioners Court Agenda for the November 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Commissioners Court meeting. Doyal intentionally left off the pro-family proclamation.
Perhaps more significantly, Doyal failed to include any agenda item to amend or revise the November 14 transgender adoption proclamations which he had sponsored and which produced the public outcry and protests after this newspaper brought the content of those proclamations to the public’s attention.
It’s even worse: Doyal’s hypocrisy compounds
Doyal’s statement to The Golden Hammer, which fredricks delivered by email, on November 22, around 11 a.m., is important:
“…it would be highly inappropriate for the court to single out one adoptive parent for honors out of a county of 570,000 people, especially since there was no process established to determine which single person among all of Montgomery County should earn this honor.”
Instead of including the pro-family proclamation on the November 28 agenda, Doyal did include another proclamation to laud the retirement of Pat Creighton as Program Director of CASA on November 30. Creighton is a fine person and has done good work for the Montgomery County community. Nevertheless, Doyal’s proclamation clearly “singles out” one retiring person for honors “out of a county of 570,000 people” (actually it’s closer to 562,000, according to the United States Census Bureau).
Additionally, “There was no process established to determine which single person among all of Montgomery County should earn this honor.” There are many people retiring on November 30 among the 562,000 citizens of Montgomery County. There was no process to determine which single person should receive the honor Doyal seeks to bestow upon his political support, Pat Creighton.
Amazingly, the proclamation failed to thank an important person who is also retiring on November 30 and happens to be a longtime employee of the Montgomery County government: Doyal’s own Administrative Assistant Patti Werner, who is retiring on November 30 and moving with her husband to Arkansas.
Werner has always been a polite, hardworking County employee. Having to work for two flighty bosses such as fredricks and Doyal should earn her enormous accolades. But Werner is not political. She’s not an important political supporter of the hyper-political Doyal. Therefore, out of a county of 562,000 people, one of the most deserving retirees of all, Werner, has received no proclamation or mention on the agenda for the November 28 meeting.
The citizens of Montgomery County should all wish Patti Werner a wonderful retirement and recognize her strong character and integrity.