In a surprise emergency meeting called for tonight, the Cherokee County GOP Executive Committee failed to officially censure State Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches RER56).
The vote was nine in favor and nine against. #RULE44 of the Texas Republican Party mandates that an official censure resolution must past by a two-thirds vote.
Naming Clardy, the #RULE44 resolution intended to officially censure and recommend Clardy for sanction by the state party which comes with severe penalties towards a candidate’s campaign. The resolution was first debated on October 31 and produced entertaining theatrics by Clardy as he vigorously defended his voting record as cited within the resolution.
Clardy, brought his own crowd of supporters and character witnesses, also composed a six-page rebuttal to submit to the County Executive Committee (CEC). Between the stagecraft and the printed rebuttal, the CEC voted to table the motion until a future-called meeting. Chairwoman Tammy Blair alerted the CEC before adjourning, that the meeting would likely be called for the middle of November, before Thanksgiving.
On November 1, Blair announced the special meeting of the CEC would be on November 16.
However, a faction of the Cherokee County precinct chairs didn’t want to wait that long. They raised a petition, presented it to Blair that compelled her to call the meeting for this evening, November 9.
Two dramatic moments were when Blair had to stand to her feet and put a member of the gallery in order and remind him that disrupting a public meeting is a Class B Misdemeanor. The second was when a pro-Clardy chair moved that the vote be recorded and not a secret ballot. The motion passed with only one dissension. Thus, the committee’s roll was called.
At tonight’s meeting, Clardy was indeed in attendance along with a room full of Cherokee County citizens. After the vote results were announced, they erupted in applause, and Clardy proposed hosting a dinner for the sake of unity.
Danny Ward has announced as an opponent to Clardy for the March 2018 primary. How he exploits this turn of events will be fascinating to watch and a test of his political acumen.
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