Recently there seems to have been confusion over official procedures for filling a vacancy for a Republican Nominee on the General Election Ballot. To clearly promulgate those procedures, Texas Republican Party Secretary Rena Peden offers the following:
Memo To: Parker County Pct. 4 Chairs
From: Rena Peden, Secretary, Republican Party of Texas
Date: June 23, 2016
Subject: Filling the Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 vacancy
I have been receiving inquiries into the process for selecting a candidate for JP 4 for the November ballot and have been asked to verify with the State Party what that process is. There seem to be concerns that the process as defined in election law is not consistent with the activities in Parker County. Rather than just respond to a few, I felt that all precinct 4 chairs should be aware that questions have been raised and can benefit from any knowledge that we get on this subject.
Approximately two weeks ago, the State Republican Party sent out information on filling vacancies. It defines what the County Chair’s and the Pct. 4 Executive Committee’s (Pct. 4 Pct. Chairs) role is in the selection of a candidate for the JP 4 position for the November ballot. I am attaching that information in case you did not receive it.
Basically, it states:
I attended the Texas Republican Convention held in Ft. Worth, Texas from June 5-7 2014 as a delegate and the big takeaway was that the Tea Party has effectively taken over the Republican Party in Texas.
But before I describe why I believe that the Tea Party has taken over, let me give you some background information and a little history of the Republican Party in Texas. After the Democrats won control of the Texas legislature in 1872 from the post-Civil War Reconstruction Republicans, Democrats dominated Texas politics for more than a century, while Republicans remained largely marginalized. It was commonly said during this period in Texas that “I would vote for a yellow dog before I would vote for a Republican.” These died-in-the-wool Democrats are known as “yellow dog” Democrats even today. In fact Republicans would not win back any part of the Texas Legislature until 1996 when Republicans won a slender majority in the Texas Senate. But it was not until 2002 that Republicans won control of the Texas House, ending a drought spanning 130 years.