April 27, 2013

Questions For The Harris County GOP Vacancy Committee -- UPDATED

Dave Jennings' latest post at Big Jolly Politics (reposted at the Houston Chronicle) is really disturbing. It shows that something is really wrong with the Vacancy Committee of the Harris County Republican Party. I can't even begin to excerpt it in a manner that does it justice -- suffice it to say that there are several members of that committee whose conduct is utterly disgraceful. Daring to ask a candidate for precinct chair whether or not he supports pedophilia simply because he is gay and active in a gay Republican organization is not merely indecent, but is so far beyond the pale as to boggle the mind.

I engaged in an exchange with one member of the committee who tried to argue that the candidate, Chris Busby, was rejected by the committee because he didn't accept the full platform. Unfortunately, this member of the Vacancy Committee would not answer the following questions I am therefore putting them here publicly and challenging the five members who voted against Mr. Busby to answer them here.

  1. In considering a candidate for a vacant precinct chair, is the candidate required to affirm his/her support for all planks of the Texas GOP platform to be recommended for appointment to the position by the Harris County Republican Executive Committee?
  2. If affirmation of all planks is not required, how many planks may a candidate reject and still receive the Vacancy Committee's recommendation?
  3. Are all platform planks given equal weight by the Vacancy Committee?
  4. If all planks are not given equal weight/consideration, would the Vacancy Committee disclose which planks are considered to be the preeminent ones which must be accepted in order to be recommended for appointment by the Executive Committee?

I'm not just asking these questions to stir the pot. As the elected GOP Precinct Chair in Harris County Precinct 333 and a member of the Harris County Republican Executive Committee, I am asking for this information to clarify whether or not I can accept the recommendation of the Vacancy Committee to appoint a number of individuals as precinct chairs at the next Executive Committee meeting. Based upon the post linked above and the online conversation with one of the committee members, I have no confidence in those recommendations.

I would love to hear from any member of the Vacancy Committee, but in particular I hope to get an answer from the five individuals who voted against Chris Busby.

In the mean time, I'll conclude with a quote from the man who is my standard for what constitutes a conservative Republican -- a man who has significantly more credibility on the matter than any of the five individuals listed above.

UPDATE -- Here is Chris Busby's own commentary on this situation.

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I am so sorry I did not read your link, at FB. I thought you were reposting the Big Jolly article. These are good questions.

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