Image: Malicious County GOP Chairman Wally Wilkerson (right) loves to keep company with the Davenport Ring, the corrupt group of local politicians who take their direction from corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport. From left to right, Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden (currently the target of an FBI investigation into civil rights violations and a Texas Attorney General investigation into violations of Texas law), JP Jason Dunn (the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace has distanced himself somewhat from the Davenport Ring), Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts (who refuses to meet with constituents and has assembled a team of terminated County employees and convicted felons among his staff), disgraced former County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport (who just began working for MHW Real Estate with one other former Davenport staffer), and Wilkerson. Members of the Davenport Ring who do not appear in the photograph are Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, a longtime client of Davenport’s until the two of them were criminally indicted together, and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack.
Conroe, March 11 – Wally Wilkerson, the Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman whom the Republican Party of Texas has found “engaged in behavior designed to disgrace the Republican Party,” has continued his malicious manipulations. Wilkerson has called a very odd meeting for tonight, Monday, March 11, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom on the Fourth Floor of the Sadler Administration Building.
It’s unclear what the disgraced Wilkerson intends for tonight. First, he noticed the meeting – illegally – as a County Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of all of the GOP Precinct Chairs. Then, to try to accommodate him, the Party Steering Committee called the CEC meeting – legally – for the same time in order to help the wayward County Chairman comply with the Party’s Bylaws and the Texas Election Code. At that point, Wilkerson began sending e-blasts indicating that he wasn’t calling a CEC meeting but it was some sort of other meeting where he’ll appoint committee memberships, a power which only the CEC itself rather than Wilkerson has under the Party’s Bylaws.
Wilkerson doesn’t seem at all confused. He’s just malicious, unethical, and driven by an insatiable need for power. Clearly, Wilkerson doesn’t care whether he brings disgrace upon himself or upon the Republican Party. In fact, Wilkerson issued a written memorandum which averred that the Montgomery County Republican Party “…is not a part of the Republican Party…”
A brief timeline of the events related to Wilkerson’s malicious conduct follows:
June 26, 2018 – At a CEC meeting over which Wilkerson and his hand-picked Parliamentarian presided, the CEC passed new Party Bylaws, which dispersed authority over Party appointments and decisions to a broad group of Republican activists. The Party’s CEC also elected Reagan Reed as Vice Chairman, John Hill Wertz as Treasurer, and Rachel Bingham as Secretary. Wilkerson declared all of those matters occurred properly during the meeting.
June 28, 2018 – Wilkerson declares the Bylaws were invalid because, he claimed, the CEC never adopted them.
August 28, 2018 – Wilkerson stormed out of a CEC meeting when a vote didn’t go his way.
September 22, 2018 – The State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) voted, 64 to 0, and ruled officially that the new Bylaws, which the Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Committee (CEC) adopted on June 26, 2018, were valid. As State Republican Party Chairman James Dickey explained, “The SREC confirmed that, according to Republican Party of Texas Rules, the first CEC meeting after every biennium [after the Republican Primary Election and Republican Runoff Election] is an organizational meeting at which bylaws are to be adopted and for which only a majority vote is required.” Even Judy Parada, an SREC Committeewoman and spouse of Wilkerson’s closest ally, voted against Wilkerson.
October 2, 2018 – The Republican Party of Texas Officials Committee issued a ruling that Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Wally Wilkerson failed to fulfill his statutory duties as County Republican Chairman and “engaged in behavior designed to disgrace the Republican Party.” The ruling came after a majority of the elected Republican Precinct Chairs in Montgomery County filed a complaint under Republican Party Rule 8(k) that Wilkerson had refused to abide by Texas election law, Republican Party Rules, and the Bylaws of the Montgomery County Republican Party.
October, 2018 – The Republican Party’s Steering Committee directed Wilkerson to transfer $12,500 into the Victory 2018 Campaign Committee for the General Election campaign. Wilkerson refused to provide funds for the General Election, because he wanted to save those funds to pay his private secretary’s salary and to pay for the rent for his private office.
October and November, 2018 – Wilkerson failed to assist Victory 2018 Campaign Committee during the General Election campaign. Despite the County Chairman’s absence, under the leadership of Vice Chairman Reed, Campaign Committee Chairman Dale Inman, and Volunteer of the Year 2018 Kelli Cook, Montgomery County ran the strongest Republican General Election Campaign of any County in Texas.
November 6, 2018 – Republicans in Montgomery County won across-the-board by landslide margins.
November 27, 2018 – Wilkerson tried to name his own “Volunteer of the Year” who wasn’t even a volunteer at all but a paid elected official. Wilkerson stormed out of the CEC meeting.
December 1, 2018 – Disclosure that Wilkerson is working with Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley and a group of convicted felons to create a “Hit List” of conservative Precinct Chairs to “eliminate.”
February 5, 2019 – Wilkerson issued a notice of a March 11, 2019, 7 p.m. CEC meeting, by electronic blast from the Republican Party’s unauthorized email system.
Late February, 2019 – The Montgomery County Repbublica Party Steering Committee issued a proper notice for the March 11, 2019, CEC meeting to try to work with Wilkerson, despite his disgraceful behavior.
March 8, 2019 – Wilkerson issued a new email claiming that the March 11 meeting is not a CEC meeting at all but merely a meeting where Wilkerson will single-handedly appoint committee members for the GOP, a violation of the Party’s Bylaws.
In response, Steering Committee member Jon Bouche, who is also an elected servant on the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors has explained, “I was just informed that our County Chairman is now claiming that tomorrow night’s meeting is NOT an official CEC Meeting. So what should we presume that he meant when he sent out the meeting call on February 5th in which he stated? ‘To achieve this goal, the County Chairman will schedule four County Executive Committee (CEC) meetings in 2019 to be held on the following dates- March 11, June 10, August 26 and October 28, all on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. The Chairman will appoint one-half of a Campaign Committee and the other one-half will be chosen by members of the County Executive Committee. I would suggest a Committee of 12-15 registered Republicans. The Campaign Committee would select a Chairman from among its members.'”
Bouche continued, “Because of our Chairman’s illegal meeting call in which he stated that he would be conducting party business in his capacity as the County Chairman, the MCRP Steering Committee was forced to call a Special meeting on March 11 so that official business can be legally conducted. Just trying to keep everyone apprised of the MCRP situation. WHAT A CIRCUS!”
What is clear about the meeting tonight is that Wilkerson’s odd behavior will undoubtedly lead to more pandemonium as all of the illegal meetings he calls do.
It seems that Wilkerson will continue to follow the corrupt path of the Davenport Ring in just about everything he does.