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February 11, 2014

A Resolution By The Harris County Republican Executive Committee Expressing Support For Electoral Integrity

Adopted February 11, 2014, at the Quarterly Executive Committee Meeting, held at Houston Baptist University.

WHEREAS the Republican Party has long taken the lead in fighting for the integrity of the electoral process, and

WHEREAS the 2012 Republican Party of Texas platform opposes conflicts of interest in the form of attempting to influence votes by appointed or elected officials on behalf of paying clients, and

WHEREAS the 2012 Republican Party Platform calls upon "every citizen. . . to preserve the integrity of the vote", and

WHEREAS we recognize that the appearance of impropriety is itself a form of impropriety, and such appearances in campaign and electoral practices undermine the confidence of voters in the integrity of our electoral system,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Harris County Republican Party condemns the practice of "pay to play" endorsements, in which supposedly independent individuals, groups, or organizations request, solicit or require any fee, payment, or contribution as a condition of making or publicizing said endorsement;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Harris County Republican Party opposes the practice of groups, clubs, or organizations requiring candidates for office to pay a sum of money as a condition of being placed on the ballot for any straw poll, whether this is called a fee, contribution, sponsorship, or any other name;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Harris County Republican Party urges all elected or appointed officials of the Harris County Republican Party, Republican Party of Texas, Republican National Committee and any affiliated or associated club or organization to refrain from offering endorsements of any primary candidate when the candidate is a paying client;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Harris County Republican Party opposes the practice of providing money to "politiqueras" or other paid agents of campaigns so that they may provide money or any other thing of value to a voter in return for casting a ballot for a candidate;

AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT the text of this resolution shall be posted under the "Voter Info" section of the Harris County Republican Party website within 48 hours of its adoption by the Executive Committee. Furthermore, within one week of its adoption a copy of this resolution shall be distributed to all candidates currently seeking a contested or uncontested nomination in the Republican primary and that it shall be distributed to all candidates at the time of filing for office in all future Republican primaries.

Greg Aydt -- Precinct 333
Rudy Balciunas -- Precinct 473
Cyndi Lawrence -- Precinct 804
Dee Carroll -- Precinct 728
Ed Sarlls -- Precinct 644
Jeff Larson -- Precinct 349
David Wilson -- Precinct 923

I started drafting this about ten days ago in response to the problem of "pay to play" endorsement slates that have become major influences in the Republican Primary here in Harris County. A not-so-subtle quid-pro-quo exists for certain endorsements. The time had come to say something about it as a party, especially given that certain of these slatemakers have become insiders in the party with an out-sized influence.

I was blessed with a team of able colleagues as I worked on strengthening the resolution, some of whom signed on as co-sponsors with me and others of whom provided important suggestions regarding the structure of the resolution and tactics for getting it passed. The resolution could not have passed without the efforts of the six individuals who signed on as co-sponsors and at least a dozen others who provided drafting suggestions and helped me track down co-sponsors. I also want to thank every single precinct chair who stuck it out tonight and endured a host of parliamentary tactics by the establishment that is beholden to the slatemakers and one of the slatemakers himself as they tried to close down the meeting so that this resolution could not be heard or voted on -- your perseverance allowed us to succeed in getting the grassroots of the party on record as rejecting impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in the conduct of elections.





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Why would our Republican Governor Perry appoint one of the 6 candidates to the vacant 212 district court seat 3 weeks before the election they are campaigning to win??
Rep Larry Taylor opposed this action, and the temporary appointed judge's wife works for Attorney Busbee and are in business together - so I have read in a recent article .
I, like Sen. Larry Taylor and many other Republican, think this is not right of Gov Perry's power!!!

|| Posted by Mary Perry, February 12, 2014 01:02 PM ||

Will you post signs around polling site listing the publications known to be "Pay to Play" publications?

|| Posted by Tom Boone, February 12, 2014 10:18 PM ||

These obviously cannot be posted inside a polling place -- but they can be posted outside the electioneering radius. I'll be running my own polling place as election judge -- but I'd love to see such signs posted for all to see. Maybe I will make one for the lawn at my library.

And I'd love to see some enterprising candidate or group make them for the early voting sites and/or precincts.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, February 13, 2014 05:55 AM ||
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