Image: Texas Patriots PAC President Julie Turner (right) with former Montgomery Chief of Police Jim Napolitano (left).
Eric Yollick, Guest Reporter to The Golden Hammer
Montgomery County, December 25 – Texas Patriots PAC President Julie Turner is the second most powerful person in Montgomery County and is The Golden Hammer‘s Power Top Ten #2. Despite her seemingly quiet nature, the brilliant Dr. Turner, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, remains a major force of political influence in this community.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in Montgomery County necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political or policy goals. In other words, he or she can get things done in Montgomery County.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named eight other people in the Power Top Ten:
#3, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon.
#4, Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack.
#5, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s Judge.”
#6, Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson.
#7, Bobby Jack Adams, civil engineer and Halff Associates Regional Vice President who presides over the “deep state” of vendors who control many of the decisions within the Montgomery County government.
#8, Quadvest President and property rights advocate Simon Sequeira.
#9, Conservative Republican activist and Party Official Jon Bouche.
#10, Conroe Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Null.
#2: Texas Patriots PAC President Julie Turner
If you talk with Dr. Julie Turner, you’ll quickly understand why she is as influential as she is. Turner is positively brilliant, not only in her understanding of local politics, which she closely observes, but also in her enormous care in handling her own interactions with others within the body politic.
Turner, along with Suzanne Guggenheim who moved away from this area, is a Co-Founder of the Texas Patriots PAC, one of the most successful Tea Party organizations in the United States. Major politicians and political donors continue to take an interest in the vast influence the Patriots PAC has through its endorsements mailers across southeast Texas and in Montgomery County in particular and through the organization’s extraordinarily self-disciplined voter operations at polling places, including the South County Community Center Early Voting location, the largest polling location in terms of voter turnout in all of Texas.
Largely fake organizations, such as the Voter Awareness Council, the Texas Conservative Tea Party Coalition, and the so-called “Republican Voters of Texas PAC,” have sprung into existence primarily to try to overcome Turner’s and the Patriots PAC’s “name brand” success through providing sample ballots to voters as they appear to cast their ballots.
Turner has masterfully protected the “name brand” of the Texas Patriots PAC. A huge numbers of voters still look to that organization’s recommendations and endorsements.
In the last year or so, Turner has done a good job expanding the leadership of the Texas Patriots PAC to include strong conservatives such as Cindy Muth Gaskill and Bruce Reiser. Recently, in the November 5 General Election, one close Turner ally, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, attempted to go against the organization which has been his base, when Noack’s employee Andy Dubois not only opposed a Patriots PAC candidate for the Woodlands Township Board of Directors but also Dubois and Noack opens criticized the Patriots PAC in the campaign. Dubois didn’t come close to winning his election against Patriots PAC-backed candidate Bob Milner. The outcome of that electoral contest reveals how important Patriots PAC support is for a candidate whose base is the conservative grassroots.
When candidates want to make a serious run for office in Montgomery County, speaking to Turner is an important first stop. Turner’s broad understanding of current political machinations would be helpful to anyone in order to gain knowledge of what the public wants.
The bottom line is that, County wide, Turner and the Patriots PAC influence approximately thirty-five to forty percent of the Montgomery County vote in Republican Primary Elections.
If that’s not political power and an ability to get things done, then nothing is.