Saturday, December 2, 2017, was another historical day for Texas politics and the cause of liberty. A sitting Texas Republican officeholder was being held accountable by the board of directors of the state party. The Texas State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) considered a resolution to officially censure and sanction State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana RER56).
The debate was passionate and worth viewing the 16-minute RERvideo. The reasons behind opposing the resolution were nonsensical and comical, as presented by the committee speaking at the mic for its defeat.
Mike McCloskey, Committee Member from Senatorial District 5, informed the body that he’d had conversations with D.C. officeholders that threatened to withhold funding to the state party if any elected officials received the punishment of censure.
Jack Barcroft of SD24 said, “I feel the weight of the voters on my shoulders”. How could a mere 62 turnover the will of the 42,000 voters in Cook’s district?
A potential scandal broke out in the middle of the debate. Janet Jackson of SD22 stated on the record that she had recently had a conversation with Hill County GOP Chair Will Orr – an extremely controversial figure in the entire Cook hold on power in House District 8. According to Jackson, Orr claimed that the #RULE44 censure passed by the Hill County GOP Executive Committee didn’t come through him.
Jackson charged that the Hill County resolution was null and void because it was not submitted through the proper procedure. The Republican Party of Texas Parliamentarian Chris Howe was granted the floor by Chairman James Dickey. Howe testified that he witnessed the Hill County GOP CEC meeting live via RagingElephantsRadio.com video stream and RERcontributor Amy Hedtke. He confirmed that the #RULE44 resolution was passed without objection by the Hill County GOP slamming the Jackson charge and an apparent 11th-hour attempt by Cook and Orr to derail the censure effort.
The final vote:
- For: 35 votes
- Against: 16 votes
- Abstain: 7 votes
With a 2/3 vote threshold of the entire SREC for the resolution to pass, the resolution failed. However, it should be noted that significant majority of the SREC indeed voted to #RULE44 “Lord Byron” at the state party level.
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