State Republican Executive Committee to Select New State GOP Chair March 7th
by Kelly Horsley on February 11, 2015 at 3:10 PM
This just in: Texas remains a red state! After the November 2014 election, Republicans see victories all over the state! Okay, well, maybe it's not as recent as I made it sound, but it's still a fact worth celebrating. Think about who we have to thank for that victory? Well, lots of devoted volunteers from around the state, that's who. GOP County Chairmen are the immediate leaders of each county in Texas and their boss is our State Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri. Without a clear plan in place, our state party and each county party might not have done nearly as well in this last election, and I almost hate to do this, (almost), but I need to bring your attention back to my ground zero; Harris County.
In March 2014, Harris County elected a new county party chairman, Paul Simpson. He ousted 12 year incumbent, Jared Woodfill from the spot, and it was no easy victory. Although you'd think that someone who had been in the position for that long and kept getting re-elected MUST have been doing a great job, right? WRONG!
Sadly now Steve Munisteri is resigning as our State Party Chairman after five great years of service to us. We will miss him, but know he's going on to bigger, better things. That leaves the position open, and since his resignation comes before the next state convention, the job of electing a new chairman falls to the State Republican Executive Committee or SREC for short. There are four candidates in the field, Robin Armstrong, former State Vice Chairman, and current National Republican Committeeman for Texas, Wade Emmert, current chairman for Dallas County GOP, Tom Mechler, current State Party Treasurer and of course, Jared Woodfill, the recently unseated Harris County GOP Chairman.
Let's take a look back at some of the highlights from Jared's tenure as Harris County GOP Chairman:
Jared Woodfill Led the Decline of Harris County Republican Dominance
- The Harris County Republican Party delivered Harris County for the Republicans in every presidential election from 1968-2004 and Gubernatorial elections from 1994-2006.
- With no county party organization and a lack of leadership from Woodfill, Obama and the Democrats won Harris County in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
For 12 Years Jared Woodfill Failed to Grow the Grassroots
- Over 600 of Harris County’s 1,064 precincts did not have a Republican Precinct Chair.
- 20 years ago Harris County had over 700 Republican precinct chairs. When Woodfill left office there are fewer than 460.
Jared Woodfill Lost the Trust of Grassroots Donors
- A review of Texas Ethics Commission documents show that in 2012, under Jared Woodfill’s leadership, the county Party spent $.78 of every dollar raised on consultants and paid campaign advertisements with only $.01 going to grassroots activities.
Jared also mismanaged his own personal finances and The Houston Business Journal recently reported the IRS has placed a $40,000 lien on the Woodfill Law Firm for unpaid taxes. Hmm...
Now, let me ask you if you think that this resume that I've shared qualifies Jared to be the state party chair? Jared dutifully ignored the development of the grassroots, and pandered to a select few he surrounded himself with at the peril of the party. He spent more money on high dollar consultants and he let the pay-to-play slates take over Harris County which allowed candidates for any and all offices to be chosen by a few top paid endorsers!
We've come so far as a state, we cannot afford to let Jared take the helm and repeat what he did in Harris County to the State GOP. The election will take place on March 7, 2015 at the next quarterly meeting of the SREC. Let me tout some of Steve's record: From his resignation announcement:
It has been my honor to serve as RPT Chairman since June 2010 and oversee our party’s efforts during the last three election cycles. I am proud that by working together, we have had a net increase of 1,182 Republican officeholders during my time in office, representing an increase from 45% of all state officeholders to 67%. We have also set the all-time record for most number of elected Republican Texas State Representatives and Republican Texas Congressmen, as well as tying the record for most number of Republican State Senators.
At the same time, we paid off the party’s debt to $0 for the first time in 18 years and have remained debt free since November 2010 while bringing in over $22 million in revenue. This would not have been possible without the support of literally tens of thousands of grassroots activists and donors, for which I will be forever grateful.
Debt paid off to $0. A net increase in Republican officeholders and an all-time record for most number of elected Republicans in the State House and State Senate. Texas can't afford to go backwards. The vote is scheduled for March 7th. Contact your SREC representatives and let them know who you support. Just say 'no' to failed leadership!