Image: Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport submitted a bizarre Texas Open Records Act request to County Attorney J.D. Lambright on May 24, 2018, and revealed that hatred and venom continue to consume her almost four months after her landslide loss to challenger Melanie Pryor Bush in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election.
Conroe, July 6 – Consumed by hatred and venom over the landslide decision of the voters of Montgomery County to cast her out of office in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, a member of the Davenport Ring of politicians who follow the direction of corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, has decided to focus on her negative passions. Numerous reports this newspaper has received have revealed that Stephanne Davenport rarely shows up for work in the Office of County Treasurer since her electoral loss. Nevertheless, she took the time to send a bizarre request to Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright under the Texas Open Records Act/Public Information Act.
Davenport lost to challenger Melanie Pryor Bush in the Republican Primary by a 66.05% to 33.95% vote out of 44,995 votes cast. Even George McGovern received a higher percentage of the votes cast in his embarrassing loss to Richard Nixon in the 1972 President Election.
Davenport was clearly her own worst enemy, perhaps other than her husband and political advisor Marc. Davenport created a gigantic controversy when she refused to provide a copy of her office procedure manual to Bush and to one other requestor, student Justin Pulliam. To make matters worse for herself, Davenport then requested that the Commissioners Court declare that her office procedures manual is a “trade secret” and “proprietary” in some utterly strange effort to have the County government somehow overrule the state law which the Legislature passed in the Texas Open Records Act. The Commissioners Court refused.
After both Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton determined that, legally, Davenport had no right to withhold her office procedure manual the week before the Primary Election, Davenport chose to continue to withhold the manual until approximately 3 days after the election on March 9, 2018. In direct contravention of Paxton’s order, Lambright’s advice, and Davenport’s own public statements of her intentions, Davenport released the manual with the names, driver’s license numbers, and social security numbers (!) of approximately seventy (70) County employees!
Despite all of her own completely foolish behavior, Davenport cannot accept the fact that it was her (and her husband’s) terrible conduct that destroyed her political standing in this community.
Therefore, on May 24, 2018, Davenport took a swipe at Lambright by submitting a bizarre request for a massive amount of information. Davenport’s entire request follows.
Davenport has requested emails, memos, call records, cell phone and telephone records, texts, and documents between any employee of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office and any other person in the County government, in the County Attorney’s Office, in attorney Eric Yollick’s office, in the office of The Golden Hammer (Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper), with Melanie Pryor Bush, or with Bush’s husband Alan Bush. It’s not entirely clear if Davenport limited her request to communications concerning her secreted office procedures manual. Since the County Attorney’s Office had to deal with Davenport’s mess that she created both before and after she eventually released her office procedures manual, according to a June 7, 2018, letter from Assistant County Attorney John McKinney to Davenport, her request encompasses a gigantic amount of material.
In the June 7 letter, the County Attorney’s Office asked Davenport to clarify exactly what she sought, so that the amount of requested material might be more reasonable and would not require charging Davenport for research and copying fees. Davenport has never responded to the County Attorney’s clarification request letter.
How The Golden Hammer obtained these materials
About three weeks ago, The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, received an anonymous tip that the newspaper should make a request under the Texas Open Records Act for any Open Records Act requests from elected officials in Montgomery County. About six days ago, the tipster contacted the newspaper again, provided an identity, but requested anonymity, to which the newspaper agreed.
Therefore, this newspaper made a request under the Open Records Act for requests under the Open Records Act from elected officials.
Lo and behold, it turned out that Stephanne Davenport is the only elected official who has made an Open Records Act request to the Montgomery County government during all of calendar year 2018. That may reflect the degree to which she engages in gamesmanship in comparison to more public-minded elected servants.