Texas SREC 4th Quarterly Meeting December 2020
The December SREC meeting was held at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center in Georgetown, Texas on December 11-12, 2020.
Chairman Allen West presided over the general session. I will mention the most relevant issues that occurred.
The State Republican Executive Committee is the governing board of the Republican Party of Texas. It has 64 members, one committeeman and one committeewoman from each of the 31 Texas state Senate districts plus the Chairman Allen West and one Vice Chair Cat Parks. The members are elected at the Republican Party of Texas convention held in May of Presidential election years and June of Gubernatorial election years.
First, SREC Bradley Chandler of SD19 had resigned leaving an open seat. Two candidates made themselves available, Frank Lopez the current Val Verde County Republican Party Chairman and Rafael Bejar, Director of Outreach at Texas Public Policy Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. After they had introduced themselves to the members, a vote was taken and the final vote count was 40 to 21, for Lopez. I believe that Lopez will prove to be an asset to his district as he plans to help “unite the Republicans and fellow freedom loving Texans.” Lopez was recognized as helping to flip Val Verde County RED in the November election.
Mark Dorazio, SD25 committeeman presented a Resolution springing from the Texas v Pennsylvania et al lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to the Supreme Court. The Resolution was in response to the order denying a hearing:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2020 ORDER IN PENDING CASE 155, ORIG. TEXAS V. PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL.
The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.
Statement of Justice Alito, with whom Justice Thomas joins: In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction. See Arizona v. California, 589 U. S. ___ (Feb. 24, 2020) (Thomas, J., dissenting). I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue.
Defending the Integrity of Our Election
WHEREAS, the Republican Party of Texas condemns the moral cowardice of the United States Supreme Court in failing to accept the original jurisdiction of a suit by one state against another, which is expressly allowed by the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it would not hear the case because the State of Texas lacked standing; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of the arguments; and
WHEREAS, the Supreme Court refused its responsibility to hear a case allowed under Article III, Section 2 of the United States Constitution; now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls on the state legislatures of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Michigan to convene and to appoint their electors in accordance with the true vote of the people.
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to each member of the United States Supreme Court, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Texas and the Speaker of the legislative bodies of each respective State.
Respectfully submitted by
Mark Dorazio, SD 25
Deborah Kelting Fite, SD 7
Tanya Robertson, SD 11
Mark Ramsey – Elector
The Resolution Passed 50-8-3.
Another Resolution was offered, citing Dr. Alma Arredondo-Lynch, committeewoman from District 19, for publicly endorsing a Democrat, Ryan Guillen over a very qualified Republican candidate in the November Election. The race was for House District 31 which includes Starr, Atascosa, Duval, Brooks, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, La Salle, Live Oak, McMullen and Willacy counties. The Republican was Marian Knowlton with qualifications that include being a past District 19 SREC member, Chairman of the Atascosa County Republican Party and a very active member in her community. At a time when it was critical that Texas maintain the majority in the House because of the redistricting scheduled in 2021, Arredondo-Lynch instead of helping to flip District 31 RED, sought to keep it Blue. The purpose of the SREC is to promote the Party and she failed miserably in her duties in that regard.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purposes of the SREC shall be
To act as the governing body of the Republican Party of Texas (hereinafter referred to as the “Party”) and exercise those powers and fulfill those duties and responsibilities conferred upon it by the state or federal statutes,
To establish general policy for the Party, subject to the direction of the biennial state convention,
To be responsible for the general supervision and management of the Party,
To foster and encourage growth in the Party by promoting the principles as expressed in the platform, planks, and legislative priorities and by electing Republican officeholders, and
To provide an opportunity for full participation in the Party to all Texans who subscribe to the beliefs and principles advocated by the Party.
Arredondo-Lynch was offered an opportunity to either apologize or to resign her position. If she apologized she would have been able to keep her committee assignments. She refused to apologize and refused to resign. She was then stripped from all her committee assignments by a vote of 60-1 with Arredondo-Lynch voting for herself. It’s a shame that she did not do the honorable thing and resign for the good of the Party. If you can’t be the servant of the people who elected you, what is your purpose in remaining?
As Republicans we must work together to make sure that Texas stays RED especially in our fight for Freedom.
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