Conroe, July 4 – Montgomery County has taken very strong and positive steps towards reform, although it’s got a long way to go, because of the depths to which the County government’s depravity has gone. At its organizational meeting, the Montgomery Republican Party Executive Committee – comprised of the elected Precinct Chairs – voted 39 to 32 in favor of adopting new Bylaws, similar to those in other rapidly growing counties where grassroots conservatives are strong, to decentralize authority and move political party decisions closer to the voters. If Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Walter D. Wilkerson, Jr., had not moved the meeting date to delay it by one week, the vote would probably have been far more decisive in favor of adopting the new Bylaws, because a number of the grassroots conservatives had made vacation plans for the date to which Wilkerson had rescheduled the meeting.
The Republican Party – at both the state and local levels – appears more unified than ever. People are energized going into the November General Election campaign, which is important since the “other party” has attempted to gain footholds by running General Election candidates and by running numerous candidates for nonpartisan positions.
Nevertheless, on July 4, 2018, Montgomery County citizens have much about which to rejoice. The Republican Party has shifted towards reform and away from “establishment” control. That shift occurred in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election when voters elected grassroots conservative Precinct Chairs across Montgomery County and also chose a slate of “Reform” candidates, such as Mark Keough for County Judge and Melanie Pryor Bush for County Treasurer, to lead to victory in November.
In all of the rejoicing today, Montgomery County’s citizens should appreciate the wonderful leaders who are helping to reform the Montgomery County Republican Party. There is truly much to celebrate.
Walter D. Wilkerson Jr. (George Washington)
Walter D. Wilkerson, Jr., is the George Washington of the Montgomery County Republican Party. While he hasn’t organized the Party or brought the actual shift of the County from democrat to Republican, Wilkerson has made the Republican Party a welcome place for voters whom others brought into this community. Wilkerson’s leadership of the Republican Party in Montgomery County since 1964 is nothing short of remarkable, even though he has not been particularly inclusive of grassroots conservatives.
Reagan Reed (Thomas Jefferson)
21-year-old Reagan Reed is already a major figure in the County Republican Party. On June 26, the County Executive Committee elected Reed – unanimously – as Executive Vice Chairman. In reality, he has the look, the brains, and the temperament of Thomas Jefferson. Reed is the cruise missile of local Republicans, because he’ll pick the other party apart, while at all times smiling and acting with courtesy and as a gentleman.
Bill O’Sullivan (Benjamin Franklin)
The Sage, Bill O’Sullivan, is in almost every positive way, the Benjamin Franklin of the Montgomery County Republican Party. He’s brilliant, inane when it’s appropriate, and fun. O’Sullivan has a creative youthfulness about him that makes him an asset to almost every political cause with which he’s involved.
Jon Bouche (Robert Livingston)
Just as one of Robert Livingston’s favorite sayings came from Psalm 133, “how beautiful and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” and just as Livingston was known as a great diplomat, so is Jon Bouche, the Republican Party Steering Committee member who has a silver tongue, a great promoter of unity, and never says an unkind word about anyone. Like Livingston who was an important draftsman of the Declaration of Independence, Bouche helped draft the new Bylaws to bring the Republican Party back to the voters.
Rachel Bingham (Charles Thomson)
Charles Thomson was the Secretary of the Second Continental Congress and a brilliant and youthful leader. His role went far beyond mere secretarial or clerical duties, because he took a direct role in the conduct of foreign affairs and many considered him the “prime minister of the United States.” Bingham has enormous skills of dealing with new people who have an interest in the affairs of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. As Secretary, there’s a good chance she’ll be similar to the “prime minister” of the Republican Party.
John Wertz (John Adams)
John Adams had a prickly personality but he was absolutely brilliant. He never conceded any matters of principle to anyone ever. For that the American people rewarded him with the Vice Presidency under George Washington’s presidency and election as the second President of the United States. Adams was a great ideologue who never gave up. Similarly, Montgomery County Republican Party Treasurer John Hill Wertz has the same fierce beliefs which he never compromises. His brilliant leadership has been essential to the enormous growth of the “Reform” movement and the positive direction of the Republican Party of Montgomery County.
Republican Leadership Council (Sons of Liberty)
Back in the 1990s there was a very large organization in Montgomery County known as the “Republican Leadership Council.” The Sons of Liberty was a formal underground organization with recognized members and leaders. The Sons of Liberty formed to protect the colonists and to fight taxation by the British government. Its leader was Samuel Adams. The “RLC” also formed to protect the citizens of Montgomery County and to fight taxation. At one point, its members exceeded 2,000 citizens. The group was two decades ahead of its time, however. While there are several individuals in this community who were actively involved in the RLC, they organization faded away in the 2001 time frame.
Jim Jenkins (Samuel Adams)
Jim Jenkins was a great leader and the heart and soul of the membership growth of the Republican Leadership Council. Jenkins worked closely with Christian leader Betty Anderson to grow the RLC at the peak of its influence between 1998 and 2000. Jenkins has gone on to other pursuits but he still lives in Montgomery County and is willing to get into a policy argument with anyone at any time.
Pete Goeddertz (Phineas Sterns)
Sterns was a farmer, blacksmith, and soldier in the Revolutionary Army. He was distinguished for his cheerful disposition and for his strong common sense and strict integrity. Doesn’t that describe Pete Goeddertz to the tee?! Goeddertz has fought for conservative causes since the RLC days. He still shows up to support grassroots conservative leaders. He’s always friendly, always reflects the strongest integrity, and is a just plain nice guy.
Bob Bagley (Patrick Henry)
Patrick Henry was a great ideological leader during the Revolutionary era, particularly in his leadership role in Virginia’s House of Burgesses. Henry was behind the American approach to many legal, constitutional, and ideological issues in the late 18th century. Henry was America’s great and radical philosopher (“give me liberty or give me death”). Bob Bagley fulfills the same role in Montgomery County, although he has a very practical side to him in the charity and community work he does to help so many others, such as Harvey victims, the great people of Tamina, and other flooded communities. Bagley is one of the great leaders of the conservative movement in Montgomery County and has never held a County office or even a position in the Montgomery County Republican Party.
Kelli Cook (John Locke)
Kelli Cook is the true intellectual of the Montgomery County Reform movement. She tries to come across as this conservative gun-toting ranch lady, but, in actuality, Cook is the true intellectual conservative of Montgomery County. That’s why a huge number of the policy reform proposals – 20% homestead exemption, banning red light cameras – come from between her ears. Cook is the John Locke of Montgomery County politics. Locke was the 17th century English philosopher considered the “Father of Liberalism” (meaning freedom from less government back in those days). Locke should get much of the credit for the philosophy behind the American Revolution. Just read the Declaration of Independence, which read like a chapter from his Second Treatise on Government.
Allison Winter (Richard Henry Lee)
Lee, of course, was a member of a very influential political family. Lee held many significant positions in the United States during its early history. He was always committed to making this nation a better place. Similarly, Allison Winter has worked quietly as a member of the Republican Party. Winter has helped to organize several campaigns and recruited volunteers to work at the polls. She’s actually held a lot of different positions but now serves as the State Republican Executive Committeewoman from Senatorial District 4 and as a member of the Montgomery County Republican Party Steering Committee. At the State Republican Convention, Winter served as a very hardworking member of the Platform Committee and fought for conservative positions on social issues.
Walter West II (Roger Sherman)
Roger Sherman was a great American stateman and was the only person to have signed all four great state papers of the United States: the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. Sherman was one of the primary draftsman of the Declaration of Independence. Like Sherman, State Republican Executive Committeeman Walter West, II, seems to be everywhere. He’s immensely popular, because he’s worked very hard to develop strong relationships across the ideological and geographic spectrum of Senatorial District 4 (from Montgomery County to Beaumont). West is also a Steering Committee member of the Montgomery County Republican Party and an ally of Walter Wilkerson, Jr.
Brian Crumby (The Committee of Detail)
Brian Crumby has consistently fought for voter rights within the Republican Party since the early 2000 time frame. He’s the detailed oriented warrior who played a giant role in drafting the new Bylaws and, given his extensive knowledge of Republican Party Rules, made sure the new Bylaws were consistent with the Party Rules and Texas Election Law. Similarly, in 1787, when the Constitutional Convention needed to draft a Constitution that would work but would also incorporate the Convention’s resolutions, they appointed a Committee of Detail to ensure that they would get the job done. Crumby is a vast resource for the Montgomery County Republican Party due to his extensive knowledge of the Party Rules and Texas Election Law. It certainly makes sense for him to be on the Steering Committee.
Adrian Kaiser (John Dickinson)
Dickinson was an attorney and farmer in Pennsylvania. He wrote twelve letters known as “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania” in 1768 published under the name “A. Farmer.” Dickinson as Farmer argued against the taxation of the colonies and argued for the sovereignty of the American colonies. Adrian Kaiser, a Republican Precinct Chairman from the Magnolia area, holds a strong ideology but is also an immensely hard worker. Kaiser, known by many as “The Guvner,” has spent enormous time working for Republican candidates’ campaigns. The Guvner serves as a member of the Montgomery County Republican Party Steering Committee. He is a close friend and ally of Reagan Reed (Thomas Jefferson).
Betty Anderson (James Madison)
James Madison, the fourth President, author of the Bill of Rights, and a primary author of the United States Constitution, held a strong Christian world view but believed that political power should be squarely in the hands of the people, as opposed to a powerful central government. Betty Anderson, the remarkable Shenandoah Republican Precinct Chair, Montgomery County Eagle Forum Chair, and easily one of the most effective communicators in this entire community on social media, has fought for religious liberty, conservative social beliefs, and smaller government. Anderson is a great Christian lady and wife to her remarkable husband Dave, a world-renowned theologian.
Julie Turner (Nathanael Greene)
Greene was a brilliant strategist and probably the one person most responsible for winning the military aspects of the American Revolutionary War. He was considered George Washington’s most gifted and dependable officer. He accomplished so much so early in his life. Similarly, Dr. Julie Turner, the President of the Texas Patriots PAC is young, gifted, and a brilliant strategist. Turner continues to lead the Tea Party movement in Montgomery County and is easily one of the true power brokers in this community. Like Greene, she does her job quietly and without expecting much in the way of accolades.
Ginger Russell (Paul Revere)
Among the Tory crowd that still lived in the American colonies but remained steadfastly loyal to the British crown there simply was no one whom they despised more than Paul Revere. Revere was the standard bearer for rebellion and the direct challenge against Tory ideology. That’s precisely what Magnolia Republican Precinct Chair Ginger Russell has become. She’s the Quiet Lady From Magnolia who has become the standard bearer for the “Reform” movement in Montgomery County. Charlie Riley and Craig Doyal, the top Tories, despite her. Wally Wilkerson won’t speak to Russell. There’s a good reason why. They’re terrified of her. They know she stands for unadulterated integrity and purity of ideology, the precise principles they abhor.
Pat Tibbs (John Jay)
John Jay represented the conservative faction among American Revolutionaries in wanting to preserve property rights and to fight for the rule of law. Eventually, Jay saw that reconciliation with the British government would never occur. Pat Tibbs, President of the Montgomery County Tea Party, is one of the most patient people in Montgomery County politics. She’s worked for years for property rights, the rule of law, and the civil rights of the unborn.
George Mitchell (Captain John Smith)
Captain John Smith was essentially the founder of the Jamestown settlement having come overseas from England to develop the pristine land now known as Virginia into the first permanent settlement in the American colonies. After Smith began to develop Jamestown, it attracted many people to the American continent. Men such as Smith made the early American colonies into what they were. Smith was essentially an entrepreneur and adventurer. Real estate developer George Mitchell made the Montgomery County Republican Party into what it is today far more than anyone else in the history of Montgomery County. Mitchell and other similar real estate entrepreneurs such as Bruce Belin made Montgomery County into the precise type of place that would attract voters who vote Republican. They turned Montgomery County from democrat to Republican, even though their real purpose was to sell real estate.
Mark Keough (Andrew Jackson)
Mark Keough, the Republican nominee for Montgomery County Judge and the likely next County Judge, is a populist figure who won the March 6 Republican Primary Election with a landslide 57% of the vote. Keough has made it clear that he works for the citizens of Montgomery County and won victory with his “Contract with Montgomery County.” Andrew Jackson, the soldier and statesman who became the seventh President, won election campaigning against the “corrupt aristocracy,” and “fighting for the common man.”
Craig Doyal (King George III)
Montgomery County Judge is an elitist, has vastly grown the size of government, has raised taxes immensely, and has adopted one of the most anti-citizen and arrogant attitudes that an elected servant in Montgomery County has ever had. He personifies King George III in the 21st century.
…and who is Benedict Arnold?
Benedict Arnold was a popular leader of the American colonies turned traitor. No one personifies him better in Montgomery County than Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley. Riley was a popular Operations Manager when he worked as an aide to then-Commissioner Craig Doyal. As a Commissioner, however, Riley is purely out for himself. He’s the King of Nepotism. He’s a walking conflict-of-interest. He’s fighting to have the Texas Open Meetings Act declared unconstitutional, because he wants to conduct his business in secret. Most recently, Riley is the leader through his political campaign against the leadership of the Montgomery County Republican Party! Yes, that’s right. A Republican nominee is in open warfare with the leadership of his own political party that just nominated him.