Russell makes history by giving first “Citizens’ Golden Hammer Award,” draws attention to $2.7 million waste in FY 2019 Budget for private developer payment

Russell makes history by giving first “Citizens’ Golden Hammer Award,” draws attention to $2.7 million waste in FY 2019 Budget for private developer payment

Image: Renowned conservative Republican activist and GOP Precinct Chair Ginger Russell, the Quiet Lady From Magnolia, made history on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, when she presented the first “Citizens’ Golden Hammer Award,” which will be the new format for all of the “Golden Hammer Awards” in the future.

Conroe, June 27 – Renowned conservative Republican activist and GOP Precinct Chair Ginger Russell, also known as the “Quiet Lady From Magnolia,” made history on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, when she presented the first “Citizens’ Golden Hammer Award” to Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador. The “Citizens” format will be the new method for all of the “Golden Hammer Awards” in the future.

Russell presented the Award concerning a $2.7 million expenditure that Doyal and Meador are causing County taxpayers to suffer as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget as a result of their “sweetheart” deal with robust political contributor and crony Johnson Development Company.

The full text of Russell’s “Golden Hammer Award” presentation follows:

“My name is Ginger Russell. I live in Precinct 2.

“The Montgomery County government has no business being in real estate development. The Montgomery County government also has no business getting involved in economic development issues inside of the City of Conroe.

“But on November 4, 2013, on the motion of Commissioner Meador, seconded by Commissioner Doyal, you committed the taxpayers to pay millions of public dollars for private infrastructure development inside of the City at Grand Central Park. In order to get a multi-million dollar payout, a private company just has to pay you a few tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions.

“In Fiscal Year 2019 alone, the taxpayers are on the hook for $2.7 million to Johnson Development. Rather than spending those funds on tax reduction, law enforcement, or roads, we’re going to pay a fortune to a private real estate developer, who has political muscle, inside the city limits.

“Today’s Golden Hammer Award goes to Craig Doyal and Mike Meador. You are HAMMERING the taxpayers. Congratulations to both of you on your Golden Hammer Award!”

As usual, Doyal never looked up at Russell once during the presentation, apparently because he feels shame for all of the financial binds he has caused Montgomery County taxpayers.

After Russell’s outstanding presentation, The Golden Hammer has confirmed, through two sources inside of the Montgomery County government (one in Doyal’s office and one in that of a Commissioner), that the Johnson Development payment, to a private company for private real estate development inside the limits of the City of Conroe, will soak up almost a majority of new tax funds the Montgomery County government will receive over and above tax collections during Fiscal Year 2018. The economic projection of future payments to Johnson Development will exceed $15 million.

Conservative Republican activist Ginger Russell held up “The Golden Hammer” at the Montgomery County Commissioners Courtroom on June 26, 2108, with Dale Fessenden (left) and Terrence Boggs (center) following the festivities.

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