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November 25, 2015

Jared Woodfill Makes His Case For Moving The 2016 RPT Convention

By interesting coincidence, two pieces of correspondence from parties to the 2016 RPT Convention fracas arrived in my box in a 30 minute time span. Since I know Jared's is a document intended for general circulation, I will share it now. This is not an endorsement on my part -- call it a public service in the interest of having both sides of the issue clearly articulated by their respective proponents.

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It is Time for The Republican Party of Texas to be Bold and Courageous:
Move the 2016 RPT Convention Out of Dallas
By Jared Woodfill

In the book of Joshua the Bible encourages us to be "bold and courageous!" Due to Dallas' recent decision to adopt an ordinance that allows biological males, including registered sex offenders, to enter female restrooms, it is time for the Republican Party of Texas to be "bold and courageous" and move our 2016 Republican Party of Texas convention out of Dallas. Since calling for the move, the Republican Party of Texas has given numerous excuses as to why it is too hard to move the convention with six months remaining until the scheduled convention date. Let's address the excuses put forward by the RPT.

Excuse No. 1: There is No Other Space Available in the Entire State of Texas

The RPT's first excuse for not moving the convention is that there is no other space available anywhere in the entire state of Texas to host our convention. Unlike the Republican Party of Texas, we decided to look and see if that was true. The first venue we looked into was Houston, Texas, a location that has hosted numerous Republican Party of Texas conventions. The same Houston, that overwhelmingly rejected an identical Bathroom Ordinance 61% to 39% less than a month ago. The former location of the RPT convention in Houston, the George R Brown Convention Center, indicated that they have the availability and are willing to host our 2016 Republican Party of Texas convention on the date it is currently scheduled for. Additionally, the Hilton Americas (which is connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center) has well over a thousand rooms available and are willing to negotiate a favorable rate. Additionally, numerous other downtown hotels and Galleria area hotels are available.

Excuse No. 2: It Costs Too Much

The next excuse the RPT has given for not moving the convention out of Dallas is that it would be too expensive. The numbers that have been bantered around go from $800,000 to millions of dollars. It would be easy to corroborate these figures if the Republican Party of Texas would release the underlying contract information. However, despite the request of a least five members of the State Republican Executive Committee, including a member of the Officials Committee, Bonnie Lugo, the Republican Party of Texas has refused to release the underlying contract information. In fact, Ms. Lugo was told she could come to Austin and review the contract in a private room under the watchful eye of the RPT counsel and treasurer. She was informed that no money had yet been spent. She was further told that she would not be allowed to take a copy or make notes regarding what she saw. Seriously! We are supposed to be the party of transparency? The logical question one must ask is if the contract is so secretive, how can the RPT let its constituents know that we will allegedly lose anywhere from $800,000 to millions of dollars. Wouldn't the release of these numbers violate the alleged confidentiality some in the RPT claim exists? We are constantly asked to donate to the Republican Party of Texas, but we can't be trusted to know what deals are being entered into with the donations they have been trusted with?

Regardless of what the "secret" contract states, it is clear that when the contract was entered into, biological males, including registered sex offenders, were not allowed to enter female restrooms in Dallas, Texas. Later, the Dallas City Council decided to change this ordinance, breaching the underlying agreement by changing the terms of the deal. More clearly, if at the time the contract was negotiated with the City of Dallas, transgendered biological males could enter female restrooms at our convention under the protection of law, we would not have chosen Dallas as the convention location. It was Dallas who changed the terms of the agreement, not the RPT! It was Dallas who breached the contract, not the RPT!

A group of principled business leaders have agreed to put their money where their mouth is and pay for any penalties that may exist in the event it is determined the RPT owes Dallas any money.

It appears the RPT has failed to consider a separate more important cost. As we all know, the LGBT political movement will descend upon our convention in full force. They will demand that biological males be allowed to enter female restrooms under the protection of the Dallas Bathroom Ordinance. If the RPT refuses, the RPT will be subject to prosecution under the Dallas Bathroom Ordinance. Consider the safety cost of allowing a biological male who is a registered sex offender to enter the female restrooms at our convention under the protection of the Dallas Bathroom Ordinance. Are we willing to sacrifice the safety of our wives, daughters, and mothers on the altar of political correctness? I say NO!

If you don't thank this is a real threat, just ask Angela Zatopek, a young conservative lady who took a principled stand against the Houston Bathroom Ordinance and was told by an LGBT activist, "I hope this passes so I can go into a ladies restroom and rape you." Friends, we need to take this threat very seriously.

Excuse No. 3: Let's Not Cut and Run

The RPT claims that moving Dallas is the equivalent of Cutting and Running. State Representative Molly White said it best in her letter to the RPT Chairman and the State Republican Executive Committee: "In the platform, we have outlined our strong moral convictions. We have announced these positions to the world as the foundation of our political actions: 'Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nation's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or special status of homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. (State Republican Party Platform, 2014, page 1, paragraph 5.)'"

She then addresses the economic excuse raised by the RPT Chairman and some members of the SREC, stating, "Our word should be our bond...we must do what we said we would do and uphold the beliefs we said we would uphold. Trust has no price tag. Keeping our word and standing for what is right is more valuable than any cost we may incur by moving the convention."

By keeping our convention in Dallas, we are cutting and running from our Republican Party Platform. We are cutting and running from our values and beliefs. We are cutting and running from our grass-roots base that created our RPT Platform!

Excuse No. 4: Requesting the Convention be Moved is a Political Gimmick

After Houston overwhelmingly rejected the Bathroom Ordinance 61% to 39%, and Dallas embraced the Bathroom Ordinance, the City of Dallas began a campaign to draw convention business to Dallas under the slogan, "Move Your Convention to Dallas, We're Not Houston!" Where we spend Republican dollars matters. Where we have our convention sends a clear message to the rest of the country as to whether we are a party of principles, or a party of convenience. Why would we now spend our Republican dollars on a city that has proudly rejected our Republican Party of Texas platform, and encouraged businesses to leave a city that rejected a bathroom ordinance, Houston?

Through their early December vote regarding the location of the convention, the RPT Chairman and the SREC will answer a some very important questions. Will the RPT take a principled stand or will we bow at the altar of political correctness? Are we a party of principle or are we a party of convenience? Does our RPT platform matter to the RPT Chairman?

Action Item!

On December 4, 2015, the Republican Party of Texas SREC members will be voting on whether the convention should remain in Dallas. Please contact all SREC members and the Republican Party of Texas and let them know that you want the convention moved to Houston Texas. Let them know that it is time to take a stand and show the rest of the country that the LGBT political movement will not bully our party into submission. Dallas may have compromised-we won't! Let them know that we as a Republican Party will not bow at the altar a political correctness. Let them know that we are a party that stands on principle! Let them know that we are a party that is "bold and courageous!"





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