Montgomery County’s grassroots conservatives rejoice as they head home from State GOP Convention

Montgomery County’s Dale Inman shook hands with grassroots conservative leader and Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey on June 15, 2018, at the 2018 Republican State Convention in San Antonio.

San Antonio and Conroe, June 17 – Montgomery County’s grassroots conservative Republicans were rejoicing as they headed home from one of the strongest and most unifying State Republican Conventions in Texas in decades. The Convention ended Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 5:55 p.m., at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The weather and the political fervor were both hot.

The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, covered the State GOP Convention from the Convention floor and attended many of the committee and caucus meetings. There was a lot of discussion, debate, and even argument among the Delegates, but the Convention ended with greater unity that the Texas Republican Party has enjoyed possibly since the 1994 election of George W. Bush as Governor.

This newspaper asked several grassroots conservative activists “what are the three best things that happened at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention?”

Here are their answers.

Steve Toth, Republican Nominee for State Representative, District 15, of The Woodlands

Steve Toth, of The Woodlands, is the Republican nominee for State Representative, District 15, in the November General Election. He served in the Texas Legislature from 2013 to 2015. Toth is a major grassroots leader in Montgomery County who has worked on numerous campaigns for conservatives running for office.

The Golden Hammer: “What are the three best things that happened at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention?”

Toth:

“#1, the fact that the State Republican Executive Committee Fact that SREC is now resoundingly controlled and run by the grassroots members of the Texas Republican Party. If you go to any state in the union to the Republican Party meeting, they’re a tenth the size of Texas. Our convention is double the size of the national convention. The elected SREC represents the will and wishes of people of taxes and reflects the values, views, goals, and ambitions of the people of Texas.

“#2, the grassroots of Texas have always wanted to have seat at the table, but establishment controlled by a few power brokers said you can’t have a seat at table. The grassroots had a majority at the convention two years ago but still weren’t allowed to determine the Platform, the legislative priorities, or the leadership. At this convention, the grassroots had a two-thirds majority and it led to a very colorful meeting where a lot was accomplished.

“#3, Texans now have a real shot for real property tax relief. It’s now a legislative priority that I and Terry Holcomb (SREC Committee from Senatorial District 3) fought for. We’re seeking a 60% reduction property taxes with the State government taking the responsibility for maintenance and operations budgets of school districts and funding those budgets with a consumption tax of some sort. The Convention backed eliminating appraisal districts as well.

Dale Inman, political activist and Republican Precinct Chairman of Conroe

The Golden Hammer: “What are the three best things that happened at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention?”

Inman:

“#1, James Dickey being re-elected as Chairman of the Party.

“#2, the grassroots has a firm handle on the direction of the Republican Party.

“#3, this is a great time of unity for the Republican Party of Texas. While there was a little trading here and there on Platform issues, the Delegates were 78% united for Dickey as Chairman. The events surrounding the State Party Chairman election served as a great catapult for unity in the Republican Party in the November General Election.”

Ginger Russell, conservative political activist, education expert, and Republican Precinct Chair of Magnolia

The Golden Hammer: “What are the three best things that happened at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention?”

Russell:

“#1, the election of Allison Winter of Magnolia to the State Republican Executive Committee.

“#2, the election of Walter West of East Montgomery County to the State Republican Executive Committee.

“#3, the re-election of James Dickey as State Chairman. That’s a victory for the whole Party.”

Kelli Cook, Gulf Coast Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty, policy wonk, and conservative leader

The Golden Hammer: “What are the three best things that happened at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention?”

Cook:

“#1, we got to keep James Dickey as State Chairman, because he is a grassroots Platform fighting hero.

“#2, the Republican Party strengthened the language in Plank 110, which opposes red-light cameras and similar devices.

“#3, we successfully defended the current tollroad Plank which still calls for removing tolls once the tollroad is paid for. If that became the law, then governments couldn’t spend the excess revenue building new tollroads.”

John Hill Wertz, Vetting Chairman Chairman, Montgomery County Tea Party, and Republican Precinct Chairman in The Woodlands

The Golden Hammer: “What are the three best things that happened at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention?”

Wertz:

“#1, we elected Alison Winter as the State Republican Executive Committee Woman from Senatorial District 4.

“#2, we elected Walter ‘Baconmaster” West as the SREC Committeeman.

“#3, the Convention re-elected James Dickey as State Republican Chairman.

“#4, Cindy Asche [who lost the election for State Party Chair and did not leave with grace, dignity, or magnanimity] redefined ‘scorched Earth’ as she destroyed any semblance of a future political career.”

Bill O’Sullivan, Texas Patriots PAC Treasurer, RAW Board member, and The Sage

The Golden Hammer: “What are the three best things that happened at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention?”

O’Sullivan:

“#1, the re-election of James Dickey as State Party Chairman.

“#2, the enthusiastic support that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz had. The response in the Convention hall today was electric. It was like the entire group of 8,500 delegates had been waiting all weekend for him.

“#3, it seems that the Republican Party is finally starting to look at government spending as the problem.”

Jon Bouche, Republican Precinct Chairman from Oak Ridge North, Freedom and Liberty Conservatives PAC Chairman

The Golden Hammer: “What are the three best things that happened at the 2018 Texas Republican Convention?”

Bouche:

“#1, Cindy Asche’s clownery united the Republican Party after she left.

“#2, conservative principles are winning and we’re beating back the GOP establishment.

“#3, the Republican Party is energized and unified for the November General Election.”

 

Comments

comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login