Former RNC Committeeman from Texas, Bill Crocker, mass distributed a letter of endorsement via email for Texas GOP Chairman candidate Rick Figueroa on last Wednesday, May 31.
With Figueroa being a virtual unknown to the supermajority of the party faithful, and with essentially no political experience, Crocker’s letter focuses more on gong negative against Figueroa’s opponent, Travis County GOP Chair, James Dickey than underscoring any outstanding achievements of Figueroa’s.
Figueroa, a political novice, has adopted the slogan, “Impact over experience”, as his campaign slogan. Crocker’s letter attempts to reinforce Figueroa’s claim that experience doesn’t matter and provide him cover – a clear indication that Figueroa’s résumé is a blank page.
Future of the Texas GOP
It is my honor to write today to offer my wholehearted endorsement for Rick Figueroa to be the next Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. Rick’s strong leadership skills, keen understanding of strategy, and experience raising large sums of money make him the ideal candidate to lead the largest state party in the nation.
For the past year, Rick has played an integral role in developing one of the most sophisticated engagement plans in RPT history. This effort was built on a business model of measurable metrics, clear goals, and an innovative, relational approach. This plan has already received national recognition and accolades and is being evaluated for replication in target areas across the country.
In addition to his successes with engagement, Rick has the unique ability to raise and maintain large sums of money. With over 20 years of experience in the financial sector, Rick is currently responsible for managing $300 million dollars. Not only is he tasked with raising funds, he is tasked with being a good steward of those funds. People trust him with their savings, retirement, and livelihood. And he has a track record of success. But Rick also has experience raising money for the RPT. Over the past year, he has traveled around the state for meetings with large donors to solicit funds for the RPT. His ability to effectively present a plan and show a tangible return on investment has made him an invaluable fundraiser for the RPT. If we elect Rick as our next state chairman, he will unquestionably be able to raise the funds our Party will need to succeed.
Rick’s opponent has campaigned on the slogan “experience matters,” but I would argue that impact matters more. You can have a lot of experience, but that doesn’t guarantee success. The quality of the experience and what the experience produces is what matters. I’ve been involved in politics long enough to know that true leadership is not determined by how many years you’ve been in politics, but by your vision and ability to implement that vision. Rick’s opponent has an inconsistent record during his tenure of leadership.
When his county chairman’s seat came up for election in 2016, Dickey spent very limited time and money in the first reporting period campaigning to defend his turf. And in doing so, lost his seat to a conspiracy theorist who made Texas an international laughingstock. When Dickey had the opportunity to make amends for this stinging loss and be a unifier at the 2016 National Convention, he instead chose to attempt to subvert the will of Republican voters all across the nation by being a leader in the “Never Trump” and “Free the Delegates” movement. At the same time, Rick was working to unite the bitterly divided factions of our party. In fact, during one particularly heated moment in our Texas caucus, I am told that a Cruz delegate and Trump delegate were on the verge of a physical fight. Rick approached this altercation to talk with both of them, and by the end of it the three of them were praying together. The mark of true leadership is the ability to lead and find peace in even the most difficult of situations.
Mr. Dickey also has a spotty record of raising funds for the Travis County Republican Party. When he lost his seat to Robert Morrow, the Travis County Republican Party was in rough financial shape. The most important job of the Chairman is to raise funds. During election years, the RPT will need to raise a minimum of 2-3 million dollars, just to ensure we maintain our current seats. A person who struggled to keep money in the bank is not a person with the capability of raising that level of funds.
Finally, Dickey does not have a strong record of success in his current position. In addition to his inability to maintain his own seat, Dickey has failed to hold on to the precious few Republican seats in Travis County. In fact, from my research, of the 56 partisan elected seats in Travis County today, only 2 are held by Republicans. Friends, we cannot let Texas begin to look like Travis County.
Our State is at a critical turning point. With demographics shifting and many pundits now labeling Texas as a swing state, it’s imperative that we elect a leader with vision and intention. Rick has laid out a detailed, complex plan to lead us to success. From the start, he’s been transparent about his goals and intentions. He has the knowledge and ability to raise large sums of money. He has the ability to lead and help unify our Party. Finally, he has the unique ability to help engage the diverse populations in Texas.
I’ve been a Texas Republican a long time. I’ve seen a lot of different leaders come and go. I’ve personally witnessed successful chairmen and failed chairmen. You have the opportunity to do something great this weekend- to elect a leader with a passion and vision for our Party that is unmatched. I hope you will join me in supporting Rick Figueroa to be the next Chairman of our great Party.
Former National Committeeman for Texas
Former RNC General Counsel
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