Sunday’s Galveston Daily News ran a story about Barbara Meek’s intention to adopt a “Seal of Approval” process for bestowing the party’s blessing on Republican primary candidates. Fellow Republicans must strongly oppose this action and instead support letting the voters decide who our candidates will be. Here’s the back story you need to know which was only summarized in the GDN article.
WHAT IT IS: THE PARTY BOSS CHOOSES FOR YOU
Meeks’ “Seal of Approval” would be awarded to candidates who meet certain criteria as defined by the party chair. Criteria is likely to include past voting activity, primary voting activity, previous donations to the party, other actions or activities on behalf of the party. Meeks likes to downplay the obvious – that the selections will be hand-picked by her – by saying that the Candidate Review Committee is an ‘independent committee’. It’s not clear how her committee can be any more independent of her than the IRS is independent of Obama given that the leadership of is chosen by her, just as Obama appoints the head of the IRS. Don’t be fooled.
AT BEST, COUNTERPRODUCTIVE: LIKELY TO KEEP GOOD REPUBLICANS FROM GETTING ELECTED
If the party executive committee agrees to this proposed “Seal of Approval”, expect this to become a potent political tool of the Chair. Presuming these rules existed in past elections, they would have prevented many notable Republicans from ever getting on the ballot. Lonnie Cox (previously a Dem), Michelle Slaughter (never voted in a primary), and County Sheriff Henry Trochessett (previously a Dem) would all have been unlikely to have received the “Seal of Approval” under the proposed criteria. In contrast, given that Dupuy was unopposed in his race and Jason Murray was sponsored by influential members of the party…both would have likely been given this “Seal of Approval”. So at best, this new process would be counterproductive and unlikely to achieve Meeks stated purpose of “progress”.
A WEAPON AT ITS WORST: PAST PERFORMANCE SHOULD GIVE A CHILL TO CURRENT CANDIDATES
Instead, approving this “Seal of Approval” will give Meeks a political weapon with which she can eliminate anyone from the party’s primary who doesn’t cooperate with her personal agenda. Doubt this?
- Recall how Meek’s put her team Kathy Rogers/Sandra Tetley/Shawn Phillips to work filing frivolous ethics complaints against Geri Bentley and Heidi Thiess, Republicans in good standing, while both were candidates in League City. See “Meeks’ War on Fellow Republicans” for the story.
Of note, at the same time Meeks has her team harassing fellow Republicans, she is professing her commitment to party unity and loyalty. The illustration nearby summarizes some other notable Meeks’ moments in unity.
One can expect the candidate committee to award the “Seal of Approval” to candidates Meeks favors. And here’s a thought question: whom would the candidate review committee award its approval to in a race between Meeks and a challenger for the party chair? Hmm.
Once granted the “Seal of Approval”, party bank accounts can be used to fund voter mail-outs to 60,000 households which promote herself and her candidates as the only ballot choices that have been approved by the Galveston County Republican Party. For any opposing candidates this will be an overwhelming influence since such widely distributed publicity cannot be adequately matched by most individual campaigns.
SEAL OF APPROVAL WILL ESTABLISH MACHINE POLITICS
The “Seal-of-Approval” will establish Meeks as the most powerful Republican politico in Galveston County. Elected officials will be compelled to bow before Meeks to earn her blessing in any primary election. Recall that after the 2010 elections, Barbara went before the Commissioners Court, demanded that the incumbent vendor be pushed aside and that she be granted unrestricted access to sell insurance to county employees while they work. She won. The illustration nearby is an excerpt from the County Commissioners Court January 2011 meeting wherein Meeks made her pitch. Question: does it bother you at all that an elected official is selling products to government employees, using her position to gain access to pitch a captive audience? Who can predict what it will cost to earn Meeks future favor if the party executive committee grants Meeks this power. Anyone seeking re-election should consider the implications carefully.
THIS IS NOT WHAT WE ARE ABOUT. JOIN THE OPPOSITION TO THE “SEAL OF APPROVAL”.
In each of the instances outlined above, the power of the people is subverted. Candidates will no longer face the voters on their own merits in a fair contest. Instead, Meeks becomes kingmaker. Still doubtful? Already Meeks as party chair is out telling the public who to vote for.
- July 25th (last week), Meeks endorsed Patricia Grady as the best candidate for judge in the race for the 212th.
- June 20th (last month), Meeks endorsed Kerrie Foley for County Court 3.
Both of these candidates are nice ladies but elections are still 8 months away. Voters haven’t even begun to pay attention yet meantime Meeks has already crowned a winner in both races. Expect her to do the same in the HD-23 race, others…
If you are against corruption and political cronyism you cannot support this maneuver. Attend tomorrow nights’ Executive Committee meeting (Tuesday, 7/30), at the Calder County Annex, 174 Calder Rd., League City, at 7PM to show your support for letting Republican voters decide who represents us and your opposition to party bosses doing the deciding for you.