The Woodlands, August 9 – Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Wally Wilkerson spoke to the Woodlands Republican Women luncheon on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Wilkerson seemed disinterested and tired during his remarks.
Wilkerson began his speech by admitting, “One of the signs of getting older is that you talk about the past.” Almost Wilkerson’s entire speech concerned a trip down memory lane to events which occurred 38 years ago.
Wilkerson spoke mostly about a letter to the editor he wrote to the local newspaper in November, 1980, after the General Election in which Governor Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
Strangely, Wilkerson explained that he paid tribute to both political parties when he wrote in 1980. It’s been a great source of frustration for conservatives who have suffered through Wilkerson’s dictatorial rule that he has refused to criticize democrats for most of the 54 years he’s held the County Chairman’s office.
Wilkerson fixated on the failure of the south Montgomery County polling place to remain open long enough to allow people to vote after the polls at closed at 7 p.m. on Election Day in 1980. As a result, according to Wilkerson, the GOP candidate for Sheriff failed to win election. The Sheriff lost by 700 votes.
Only after real estate developers in The Woodlands and the Lake Conroe area began to bring in sufficient suburban Republican-leaning voters did the Republican Party begin to win elections, especially since Wilkerson refused to build the countywide organization necessary to increase Republican voter turnout.
In response to questions from the audience, only a few of which the carefully-controlled event permitted, Wilkerson said that he opposed straight-ticket voting in Texas, because he believes it will force some democrats to vote for Republicans in down-ballot races. Wilkerson also said that he didn’t think there was any voter fraud in Montgomery County nor does Wilkerson believe that there is much of a problem of illegal aliens voting.
Wilkerson’s speech did nothing to fire up any Republican voters to want to work to bring about a victory for Republican candidates in November. Rather, Wilkerson spoke to a roomful of people with glazed eyes who weren’t particularly interested in what happened in Montgomery County 38 years ago.