If you’re an elected Republican official, you know firsthand the cost in time and dollars of campaigning. Does the fact that the local party chair is actively working to undermine the efforts of other Republicans seeking office bother you at all? Or, so long as her efforts are directed toward others, are you okay with this?
Known Knowns: that Our Party Chair is the Keeper of the Nasty Rumor Mill
Long time readers of this GCC blog have learned of Barbara Meeks dirty tricks against other Republicans as described in the “Devils and Whores…” post. For newcomers to this site and new, recently elected precinct chairs, read this post where Meeks efforts to churn up rumors against those she disagrees with were exposed. While publicly the face of party ‘loyalty’, behind the scenes Meeks and her cronies cheerfully bandy about new rumors they intend to spread to defame fellow Republicans with whom the disagree.
New! Frivolous Ethics Complaints to Intimidate Current Republican Candidates
Not known for integrity nor for being cowed by public shame, instead Meeks and team have been busily working during this election season to smear, defame and intimidate other fellow Republicans. But this time her sights are focused on Republicans running for office.
Heidi Thiess, who was a Republican Party Precinct Chair until just recently, is known to many as a former candidate for Texas House District 24. Perhaps unknown to folks who don’t live in League City, Heidi is a current candidate for League City Council. Shown below is the ethics filing filed by Barbara’s Vice Chair, Sandra Jones Tetley against Heidi. Filed by Tetley in September, it alleges some obscure issues with Heidi’s campaign for HD-24.
Why on earth would a Republican party official and one of Barbara Meeks’ Executive Board file a frivolous ethics complaint against a Republican currently seeking office? Answer: Thiess supporters uncovered Meeks’ support for Thiess opponent, Mick Phalen, a longtime fan of Democrat President Obama.
But Wait, There’s More: Phony Signs Printed and Placed to Confuse League City Voters
In an internal email to local Republican party precinct chairs and elected officials, the same Executive Board member and Party Vice Chair Sandra Jones Tetly attempted to a photo of a political sign as support for her ethics complaint against Thiess. The photo shows a sign which leads the viewer to believe that Thiess and another candidate for League City Council, Geri Bentley are being promoted by the Democrat party as Democrat candidates.
Neither candidate had anything to do with this sign. In fact, Heidi’s last name is incorrectly, Geri Bentley is an active precinct chair within the local Republican party and as stated previously Thiess was most recently a precinct chair in our party and a candidate for HD-24. It is preposterous to think either would have consent to/support/or in any other way agree with having their names printed on such a sign.
Lloyd Criss, Democrat party chair, has gone public denouncing the sign and declaring that none of his candidates nor his party had anything to do with it.
The printer of the signs has been identified and legal action is being contemplated against the perpetrators of this fraud, including a complaint filing with the Texas Ethics Commission against the responsible parties.
With Friends Like Meeks, Republicans Don’t Need Enemies. Meeks Must Resign.
Keep in mind that candidates volunteer to run for office and particularly at these local levels, completely fund their campaigns themselves. That our local party Executive Board would organize and perpetrate efforts to undermine such fellow Republicans who put their time, effort and in many instances, life savings on the line is outrageous. Yes, politics is a rough sport but generally we know who the opposing team is. Under Meeks leadership, friendly fire has done more damage to our candidates than any opposition from Democrats.
It’s time for Meeks to go. Republican officials and precinct chairs need to come together and demand in unison that Barbara Meeks resign.