Tonight, November 30, in Cherokee County, the County Executive Committee of the Republican Party (CEC) officially censured and recommended state party sanctions for State Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches RER56). Clardy becomes the second Republican State Representative to be #RULE44’d.
At tonight’s regularly scheduled CEC quarterly meeting, a Clardy #RULE44 resolution was not on the agenda. Cherokee GOP Chair Tammy Blair told RagingElephantsRadio.com, “The only thing we really had on the agenda was to deal with election judges which has to get done before the filing window really closes. So, I really had any idea that a resolution censuring Clardy was going to come up.”
However, when new business was called, Precinct Chair Josie Schoolcraft presented a #RULE44 resolution naming Clardy. Blair said that normal Parliamentarian procedures were followed and two-thirds of those present and voting stated “aye” – meeting the threshold required by #RULE44. The official tally was 7 to 3. Blair did not cast a vote.
The #RULE44 resolution passed by Cherokee GOP on tonight is a completely new resolution – different from the one that was debated at two previous meetings filled with theatrics. The last meeting was held on November 9 in which the Clardy censure resolution was the only agenda item. The resolution went down to defeat with a tally of 9 to 9.
Ten days earlier, the first CEC meeting was held in which the Clardy resolution was on the agenda. Clardy packed the room with supporters, including State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville). Rising to the occasion, Clardy put on a performance that was sincerely worthy of applause. Texas needs more political drama like that. We’d recommend Clardy give up politics and go into acting, in fact.
During his performance, which you may view here on this RERvideo, Clardy berates and browbeats Schoolcraft, and commands her to study his rebuttal. Ironically, it’s Schoolcraft that moved the #RULE44 resolution, tonight.
The censure resolution tonight, by Republican Party of Texas rules, had to be a different resolution than the one that failed in early November. Therefore, the precinct chairs behind this effort, discovered new violations of the stated party principles by Clardy. The new resolution contained the minimum of three violations.
When asked just to give her general analysis of what happened and why did Cherokee GOP get to this conclusion, Blair said, “I think a lot of our members were frankly freaked out and intimidated, at first. You have to remember, when you look at those videos, most of those people never come to a committee meeting. I’m not talking about the folks in the peanut gallery. I’m talking about the precinct chairs.
“We hardly ever see those folks. Most of those folks that showed at the previous meetings, Clardy and his team personally stirred them up and got them out to those meetings to fight the #RULE44.”
Blair speaks about how most of the precinct chairs really do their jobs without all of the spotlight and no fanfare. “All of a sudden the gallery is packed with folks, a lot that are not from the county, and tensions are high. Some of them really just needed a chance to take a breath and let things get back to normal.”
And that’s what bit Clardy, tonight. Normalcy.
When the Cherokee County GOP got back to doing it’s normal business, and Clardy thought all that was left to do was sponsor a nice barbeque dinner, the people believed business was unfinished.
When things got back to normal — Nichols wasn’t around, Clardy was absent and not storming, and the Clardy-Nacogdoches storm troopers were home watching the Cowboys — Cherokee GOP did what should be normal for more County Executive Committees. #RULE44 the RINO in your own backyard.
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