Even in a large county like Dallas, a county party Executive Committee Meeting tends to be a sleepy, pedestrian affair that comes and goes without much notice.
Last night’s meeting in Dallas County was a very notable exception.
The meeting was held to consider a resolution in support of the use of a Republican Caucus procedure to elect the next Speaker of the Texas House.
The Resolution under consideration is being promoted by Dallas County conservatives who have been extremely disappointed in the performance of current House Speaker Joe Straus and his leadership team. These conservatives are convinced that Straus should be replaced with a more conservative option. Similar resolutions on this question have been considered and passed by Republican Party organizations across the State of Texas, including the County Republican party organizations of Harris County, Travis County, Collin County, Denton County, Johnson County, Ellis County and Kaufman County.
As 7:00 p.m. approached, a long line of Precinct Chairs filed into Dallas County Republican Headquarters, along with a number of guests, most notably Rep. Ken Paxton, one of the candidates for House Speaker. The meeting was standing room only. Unfortunately, despite a very large turnout, there were not enough Precinct Chairs present to conduct official business.
As Dallas County Chairman Jonathan Neerman explained to the members in attendance, at least 1/3 of the Dallas County Precinct Chairs must participate in an Executive Committee Meeting of this type in order for the Committee to conduct official business.
As of the date that the meeting was called, 1/3 of the total constituted 115 Precinct Chairs.
Despite a targeted turnout effort leading up to the meeting and Pastor Stephen Broden’s passionate and eloquent prayer for the necessary quorum, only 99 Precinct Chairs ultimately arrived to participate in the meeting. Thus, the necessary quorum was not reached, and Chairman Neerman adjourned the Executive Committee Meeting without conducting any official business.
The Precinct Chairs in attendance voted to reconvene the meeting on Monday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday night will be the last chance for Dallas County Republican Executive Committee to make an official, formal statement on the election of the Speaker of the Texas House. If the Dallas County Republican Party fails to pass a resolution on this question, it will be one of the few major-county parties in the State of Texas to neglect to weigh in on this very important issue.
The details for the rescheduled meeting are as follows:
DCRP Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, January 3rd, 7:00 p.m.
Dallas County Republican Headquarters
10100 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75231
All Dallas County Precinct Chairs, whatever their position on the Speakers’ race, are encouraged to attend this very important meeting.