James Dickey, Travis County Republican Party Chairman, is officially a candidate for the vacant state party chair post.
After sending a letter of his intentions to the members of the State Republican Executive Committee, Dickey agreed to make his first media announcement and have his first interview on RagingElephantsRadio.com. It’s a 40-minute probe into what led to his decision to run, and his vision for the party if he should win and be installed as the interim chair as the result of the June 3 election.
Spirits dropped around Texas win SREC Committeeman Mark Ramsey (SD7) decided not to run for the office. At the sneak-attack announcement of ex-Chair Tom Mechler last week, Ramsey was the first name to gain the most steam on social media. Liberty movement endorsements were flying free.
“Mighty Heidi” Hansing co-hosted the interview with Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani. On social media, prior to the interview, she was quick to point out the controversy over Ramsey’s perceived support of the Texas Solution during the bloodletting fight over its removal from the platform at the 2014 state convention. Ramsey denies he supported the Texas solution.
Regardless, Ramsey had rehabilitated his profile since summer 2014 by being a force as the SREC Resolutions Committee Chair. His finest moment came during the fourth quarter meeting of the SREC in 2015. Despite enormous pressure from Mechler and Establishment forces, Ramsey was able to allow a fair hearing in committee on the Texas Independence Non-binding Vote Resolution of SREC Tanya Robertson (SD11). The result was an actual floor debate of the SREC to allow the measure to be placed on the 2016 Texas GOP primary ballot.
With an extremely short election cycle, Dickey pounced saying he consulted all his political associates, his family, and had discussions with SREC members and decided running was the move to make. Dickey stated that those he consulted felt he could make a difference as the party chairman.
Of course, the basic question is why is James Dickey running?
“For several months now, I’ve been thinking on how the RPT could play a better role. And, be more influential. It’s important. We are the biggest Republican state. And, yet, when I spoke to donors they were disappointed with the fact that the RPT did not have the kind of influence within the Capitol that it could and should.
“I talked to legislators that were disappointed that they weren’t getting the kind of reinforcement, encouragement, and support that they felt like they should.
“As someone that worked here in the county (Travis) that recruited candidates and helped those candidates as much as we could, those candidates were frustrated with the lack of support.
“So, all that had me talking to people about what might be done and what might go on.”
Dickey said that the things went into very fast motion when the story broke last Thursday on RagingElephantsRadio.com that Mechler was stepping down in just two days.
A virtual unknown to party activists is Rick Figueroa. He has also announced as a candidate via social media.
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