Image: Wally Wilkerson (right), who has intentionally “disgraced” the Republican Party, appeared with one of his lawyers, Steve Mitby (center), and Neddie Jane Wilkerson (left).
Conroe, October 6 – Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Wally Wilkerson directly disobeyed the State Republican Executive Committee’s Officials Committee ruling this week when he appointed his own County Party Treasurer, even though the County GOP Executive Committee (“CEC”) elected a Party Treasurer on June 26, 2018. On June 26, 2018, the CEC elected John Hill Wertz as Party Treasurer after conservative Precinct Chairs had nominated incumbent Treasurer Landon Estay who declined.
On October 2, the State Republican Officials Committee issued a ruling that
“As a result, the Republican Party of Texas’ Officials Committee finds that Montgomery County Chairman, Dr. Walter Wilkerson, has, pursuant to RPT Rules adopted at the 2018 State Convention, failed to perform a statutory duty and engaged in behavior designed to disgrace the Republican Party.”
The ruling was the first time in history that the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) found that a County Republican Chairman “engaged in behavior designed to disgrace the Republican Party.” The Officials Committee had given Wilkerson several opportunities to correct the violations before making a ruling.
On September 27, 2018, Wilkerson defiantly told the Committee that he would not follow the Montgomery County Republican Party Bylaws, even though the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) had voted 64 to 0 on September 22 that the Party’s Bylaws were valid and that the CEC had properly adopted them on June 26. One of the SREC members who voted that the Party’s Bylaws were valid and properly adopted was Judy Parada, the SREC Committeewoman from Montgomery who is married to Charlie Parada, one of Wilkerson’s closest allies and one of the people urging Wilkerson to defy Texas law, the Party Rules, and the Bylaws.
After finding that Wilkerson “engaged in behavior designed to disgrace the Republican Party,” the RPT’s Officials Committee issued three directions to Wilkerson and to the Montgomery County Republican Party’s CEC:
- “all members of the Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee abide by the bylaws adopted on June 26th, and”
- “for the purposes of TEC and FEC campaign finance filings, as appropriate, and on all necessary bank accounts, acknowledge that John Wertz is the Treasurer, per the election held on June 26th, and”
- “all other election results from the June 26, 2018 meeting be recognized.”
In direct defiance of the second and third bullet points above, Wilkerson appointed his own Party Treasurer, Mark Turnbull, and designated Turnbull the CEC Treasurer for TEC (Texas Ethics Commission) and FEC (Federal Election Commission) filings as well. Wilkerson has refused to put Wertz on all Party bank accounts.
In an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer, Wertz explained that he confirmed with the TEC and with Wilkerson that Wilkerson is circumventing the June 26 election results and will not acknowledge that Wertz is the Treasurer for any purpose, including, without limitation, TEC filings, FEC filings, and the bank accounts.
It is unclear at this time what action the Republican Party of Texas will take next to enforce the ruling of the Officials Committee which Wilkerson is openly defying. Wilkerson is refusing to abide by statutory law in the Texas Election Code, the Republican Party of Texas Rules, and the Bylaws (both old and new) of the Republican Party of Texas.
Wilkerson clearly has divided the Montgomery County Republican Party into the group of people who won’t follow rules or the law but will follow Wilkerson’s commands and those who follow the law and believe that elections matter.