Forget any of your favorite reality TV shows. The video of the Cherokee County GOP Executive Committee meeting of October 31 is better than any of them. There’s no comparison. 100% entertainment and 100% real!
State Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches RER56) put up a fierce fight to prevent the County Executive Committee (CEC) from censuring him and recommending that the state party officially sanction and penalize him.
Clardy basically fought the CEC to a draw as a motion was passed to table the #RULE44 resolution until the next meeting. Clardy distributed a six-page defense against the two-page resolution that cited ten violations of the Texas GOP’s core principles by Clardy through votes taken during the 2017 legislative session. #RULE44 only requires three violations for an elected official to be censure qualified.
To say the meeting was fiery would be an understatement. Clardy seized the floor several times without recognition from the Chairwoman Tammy Blair.
“The devil’s at work here tonight”, said Clardy as he delivered his remarks, referring to the consideration of the #RULE44 resolution naming him.
Clardy brought along a posse of supporters that included State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville RER70) to speak on his behalf. The essence of comments were that the votes cited in the #RULE44 resolution were not consequential – they were unimportant votes that are not serious violations of the party’s core principles.
A supporter of the #RULE44 resolution said Clardy is guilty of “legislative malpractice”. While an opponent of censuring Clardy couldn’t come up with many more words than, “It’s just wrong.”
The CEC member that moved to table the resolution said that if he had voted on the resolution that night, “I’d vote for censure”. But, he wanted to be fair and have ample time to review the six-page rebuttal of Clardy.
The meeting adjourned with Chairwoman Blair stating that she intended to call the next meeting sometime in the middle November, before Thanksgiving. The next day, Blair announced that the next meeting would be November 16.
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