Image: “His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr. Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE,” also known as the “King of the Sea,” the brutal dictator of Uganda whom the people removed from power in 1979. Robert Mugabe, the dictator of Zimbabwe, served for 40 years. His length of service didn’t justify his dictatorship either. The people removed him from power in 2017.
“A long Habit of not thinking a Thing wrong gives it the superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of Custom. But the Tumult soon subsides. Time makes more Converts than Reason.” – – Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
Conroe and Austin, July 15 – “As leaders of the Montgomery County Republican Party, we believe that the Party must focus on organizing as strong a General Election campaign as possible for the November 6 General Election,” Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed, Secretary Rachel Bingham, Treasurer John Wertz, and Steering Committee member Jon Bouche said jointly today. “Therefore, County Chairman Walter Wilkerson’s conduct in obstructing organizational efforts for the upcoming election deeply disappoints us. He’s focused on personal power, while we’re intent to win the Election in November.”
“As leaders of the Montgomery County Republican Party, we believe that the Party must focus on organizing as strong a General Election campaign as possible for the November 6 General Election…Therefore, County Chairman Walter Wilkerson’s conduct in obstructing organizational efforts for the upcoming election deeply disappoints us. He’s focused on personal power, while we’re intent to win the Election in November.” – Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed, Secretary Rachel Bingham, Treasurer John Wertz, and Steering Committee member Jon Bouche.
On Friday, July 13, County GOP Chairman Wally Wilkerson chose to disregard the Texas Election Code and Republican Party rules, so that he could attempt to cling to the dictatorial powers that he’s enjoyed for 54 years while surfing on the wave of suburban Republican voters who have flocked to the beautiful residential developments of Montgomery County. In a statement he published on the County Party website, Wilkerson declared the Bylaws, which the Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Committee adopted on June 26, 2018, in a meeting over which Wilkerson presided, as void. The rogue County Chairman claimed that the Republican County Executive Committee needed to pass new bylaws by a 2/3rds vote. Wilkerson wants to choose all of the Party’s officers by fiat rather than by elections which already occurred in the County GOP Executive Committee.
Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey ruled against Wilkerson in writing yesterday morning, July 14, after he received a written request for clarification from local Republican Party officials after Wilkerson claimed that the Republican County Executive Committee needed to pass new bylaws by a 2/3rds vote in an attempt by Wilkerson not to have to comply with the duly-enacted Bylaws of the Montgomery County Republican Party.
Specifically, Dickey ruled as follows:
Vice Chairman Reed,
Thank you for your email. RPT Rule 1f provides the Republican state Chair the authority to clarify rules where ambiguity exists subject to final clarification by the SREC. I read your question as “What is the threshold needed to adopt bylaws for a County Executive Committee?”
There is no ambiguity in the RPT Rules for me to clarify on this. Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised specifies on page 559 lines 21-24 – “Adoption of bylaws through which a society is brought into being requires only a majority vote.”
In the fight to defeat Democrats this November it is critical that each of us fulfill our unique roles and work together toward victory. I pray for wisdom and grace for all.
Please do not hesitate to email or call if there is any way I can be of assistance.
During the June 26, 2018, meeting, there were, in fact, two Republican Party officials who ruled that adoption of the new Bylaws would only require a majority vote. Those two officials – both shown on videotape – were Wilkerson, the County Chairman, and his Parliamentarian, Jim Wiggins.
Bouche explained, “On June 26, 2018, at a meeting over which Dr. Wilkerson presided, the County Executive Committee composed of the duly elected Precinct Chairs adopted Bylaws in accordance with the rulings of Dr. Wilkerson’s Parliamentarian at the meeting James Wiggins, Texas Election Code Section 171.022, Republican Party of Texas Rule 8(e), and Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised. In accordance with the new Bylaws, the County Executive Committee then elected the new Party Officers – Vice Chairman Reagan Reed, Secretary Rachel Bingham, Treasurer John Wertz, and the members of the Steering Committee.” The June 26 meeting was the organizational meeting, which the Texas Election Code and the Republican Party Rules establish, for the County GOP Executive Committee for the 2018 to 2020 biennium.
Wertz said, “Our Republican brethren in Fort Bend County’s Republican Party adopted similar bylaws in 2016, so that the County Executive Committee elects the Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, just like our County Executive Committee does here in Montgomery County. Several other County Republican Party organizations also elect Party officers, including Harris County, Dallas County, Liberty County, and Bexar County, all of which elect the Secretary, and Collin and Denton counties which require County Executive Committee approval of all Party officers other than the County Chairman.”
Vice Chairman Reed added, “I met with Dr. Wilkerson on June 28, two days after the County Executive Committee meeting. He assured me during our meeting that he would work with us under the new Bylaws. I’m surprised at his actions since that time.”
“Yesterday, Dr. Wilkerson released a statement in which he claimed the authority to nullify these new legally adopted bylaws and implement his own chosen set of bylaws,” Bouche said. “While Dr. Wilkerson was elected, so were the Precinct Chairs who serve on the Republican County Executive Committee and who voted to approve the new Bylaws. I believe that Dr. Wilkerson is just upset because he lost the vote in the Executive Committee.”
“Dr. Wilkerson claims that he should be allowed to appoint all party leadership positions, but state law and the legal vote of the County Executive Committee disagree,” said Wertz.
“We have an election coming up in November and we should have all hands on deck but as it stands, the County Chairman has changed the locks on the MCRP headquarters and closed the headquarters down for the entire month of July. Also, as of this date all requests for information by the duly elected MCRP Steering Committee have been refused or ignored by the County Chairman,” added Bouche. “I saw that local political activist Bill O’Sullivan has said, ‘Quit hiding the books and turn them over to the elected Treasurer.’ I agree with Mr. O’Sullivan. Dr. Wilkerson needs to stop all of this divisiveness and obstructionism.”
“Dr.Wilkerson needs to stopall of this divisiveness and obstructionism.” – Republican Party Steering Committee member Jon Bouche
Highly respected former Montgomery County Judge Alan B. Sadler added, “I’m disappointed that the Montgomery County Republican Party is in such shambles. I hope we pull it together and work hard to build an organization and win in the November General Election.”
Under Wilkerson, the Montgomery County Republican Party has failed to organize general election campaigns since 1994. Rather, the Party has relied upon the high Republican population percentage and the campaigns of national and state candidates to boost Republican voter turnout. As a result, Republican State Senator Michael Galloway lost to a democrat in the 1998 election since Wilkerson and the Montgomery County Republican Party failed to boost Republican turnout. Wilkerson has channeled local Republican funds to pay his personal assistant approximately $25,000 per year rather than using those funds to benefit campaigns of Republican candidates.
Reed and others have worked hard to raise voter awareness about the efforts of democrats to organize in Montgomery County. Meanwhile, Wilkerson has done little but worked to exclude grassroots conservatives from leadership positions in the Republican Party.
With the sweep of “Reform” candidates in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, however, both in County government positions and in local Precinct Chair positions, Wilkerson’s “establishment” allies no longer have the majority of the votes on the County Executive Committee. Wilkerson openly fought against the “Reform” candidates during the Republican Primary Election, which was a violation of the previous County Party Bylaws as well as the recently-adopted Bylaws.
Specifically, Wilkerson worked to endorse and raise enormous money for State House candidate Jackie Waters who lost to Steve Toth on March 6 in the Republican Primary and worked to help Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal who also lost his re-election bid. Wilkerson and his assistant melinda fredricks would not permit Mark Keough, who won election as the Republican Nominee, to use the County Party e-blast system during the Primary Election, although they allowed Doyal, who was Keough’s opponent and is melinda fredricks’ husband’s boss, to use the e-blast system.
Wilkerson clearly seems more interested in preserving his dictatorial power and in withholding the financial books and records of the County Party from public view than he is in winning the November General Election. Without elections but through vigilance and popular will, the people of Uganda resolved the issues of Amin while the people of Zimbabwe resolved Mugabe. It’s sad that Wilkerson has chosen open warfare with his own Republican Party rather than magnanimity.