Candidate for Republican Party of Texas Chairman, Rick Figueroa, is credited with being an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership.
RERresearch has discovered that the Texas State Directory has two entries for both a Rick Figueroa, and a Richard Figueroa. The personal information for both entries are almost identical. Backed up with housing records we were able to locate, there really is no question that Richard and Rick are the same.
Entry number one, under the name of Richard Figueroa, was last modified on December 28, 2015. It is most likely the result of Figueroa’s appointment to the Texas Judicial Council by Rick Perry in 2008. No position is listed. Yet, the personal information remains posted.
The second sentence of the 2015 entry states:
“He is an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership,…”
Entry number two is under the name of Rick Figueroa with the appointed position listed, as on his campaign website, “In 2016, Rick was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as a commissioner on the board for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation”. The entry was last modified on May 16, 2016 and lists him as still sitting on the Texas Judicial Council.
Unlike entry number one that lists Richard’s hometown as Houston, entry number two lists Rick’s hometown as Brenham. Figueroa’s campaign website, under the name Rick Figueroa, has both appointments published on his bio page.
The third sentence of entry number two from 2016 states:
“He is an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership…”
The Greater Houston Partnership has Rick S. Figueroa listed as a life member.
Established in 1840, here’s the self-description of the Greater Houston Partnership: “The Partnership is a place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston’s positive growth and influence the direction in which Houston is going”, says the first sentence of their website. A relied-on way GHP attempts to influence is by being a long-established major political financial player.
In 2015, the Greater Houston Partnership was active in the campaign that supported the transgendered bathroom bill, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. The focus of national media attention, along with massive financial backing from outside the city and state (heavily from the Hollywood folks), HERO would have required Houston businesses to allow men to use women’s restrooms, showers, and locker rooms. This type ordinance has become the hottest trend for the homosexual movement to advance their neo-morality ideals, and fights over such ordinances have broken out in several Texas cities. So much so, the heightened activity led to Senate Bill 6, the “bathroom bill”, of the 2017 Texas Legislature to ban such ordinances, statewide.
On October 6, 2015, the Human Rights Campaign, the most aggressive and visible pro-homosexual movement organization in the country, posted an article entitled, “Business Leaders Announce Support for Houston Equal Rights Ordinance; Place Ad in Houston Chronicle” to their website.
The first logo on the pro-HERO ad is the Greater Houston Partnership’s and is posted on the GHP website. The President and CEO of GHP, Bob Harvey, is listed as a HERO supporter in the ad.
The Greater Houston Partnership has a page on their website dedicated to the support of the HERO ordinance. Harvey has a published statement in support of HERO on the page.
In addition to publicly supporting the ordinance, the Greater Houston Partnership contributed $71,760 to the unsuccessful campaign to pass the ordinance. It was crushed in the November, 2015 Houston city elections by a margin of 61%-39%.
Entry number one in Texas State Directory is dated post the HERO election defeat. Therefore, Figueroa was an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership during the HERO battle, or became one after the public acknowledgement of the Greater Houston Partnership that they support the homosexual movement, which is in contradiction to the RPT Platform of 2016, plank #87. We have no indication that he’s closed his lifetime membership to the GHP.
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