Van Zandt Republican Party: Stands with Tea Party, Rejects Republican Leaders Endorsement of Democrats
This is a follow up article to: Tea Party Sanction Bob Deuell: Will the Van Zandt County Republican Party?
Thursday October 18, 2018, The Van Zandt Republican Executive Committee met to discuss and act on a full agenda. The Van Zandt County Tea Party, first on their schedule, brought a resolution for their consideration. The point of the resolution specifically, was to support Republican State Senator Bob Hall of district 2. In addition, They wanted a strong message of rejecting the endorsement activities of former Texas Republican State Senator Bob Deuell. Furthermore, Van Zandt County Tea Party sought the Executive Committee’s endorsement of the resolution.
As a bit of background, former Senator Bob Deuell held Senator Hall’s seat in district 2. This district covers part of eastern Dallas County and much of East Texas. He served in that seat from 2003 through 2014. In a Republican Party runoff election in 2014, Deuell lost to Hall by only three hundred votes. Some credit his loss to a liberal-leaning voting record, as chronicled in Teaparty911. This midterm election, Deuel crossed party lines to endorse democratic nominee Kendall Scudder. After all, Scudder is running against Senator Bob Hall. In addition, Deuell is endorsing a socialist democrat, Nathan Johnson, in the Senate race for District 16. Again, important to realize, this seat is held by a deeply conservative Don Huffines.
Bob Deuell crosses party lines
Generally speaking, most consider it reprehensible for a republican who held office to endorse the opposite party. As a result, when republican Bob Deuell crossed party lines to endorse democrats, Tea Party machinery kicked into gear. They submitted the resolution to each county’s Executive Committee in district 2. (read the original resolution) The resolution both supports Senator Bob Hall and rejects Deuell’s activity endorsing democrat opponents. A source at the Van Zandt Tea Party said that by the time the Van Zandt Republican Executive Committee met on October 18th, seven counties had voted in favor of supporting the resolution as written.
As the Van Zandt Republican Executive Committee discussed the resolution at the meeting on the 18th, all seemed to be in favor of its basic premises: (1) encourage voters to vote for all republicans on the ticket, (2) support Bob Hall, and (3) reject the actions of Bob Deuell endorsing democrats. Two members of the committee supported the resolution as written, the remainder however, voted to modify the resolution.
The group addressed each of the three elements of the resolution’s premise. The first premise was a given and did not elicit discussion beyond identifying it as important. The second premise was also a given, although not broad enough for the committee. Most on the committee believed that all republicans running for office should be supported. The third premise moreover, did not dig deep enough. The committee wanted to hold accountable the other republicans who likewise either hold or held office, and are engaged in the endorsement of democrats. The following resolution was developed to support the 3 premises of the original resolution, and address the deeper aspects of the last two premises. Though not unanimous, the following resolution was accepted with a 2/3 vote.
Van Zandt County Republican Party Resolution in Support of Republicans on the 2018 Van Zandt County General Election Ballot
Whereas the Republican Party of Texas 2018 platform, established by the grassroots citizens beginning at the local precinct convention, refined by the grassroots citizens at the county/senatorial district convention, debated and ratified by the grassroots citizens at the state convention begins as follows:
Affirming our belief in God, we still hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Throughout the world, people dare to dream of freedom and opportunity. The Republican Party of Texas unequivocally defends that dream. We strive to preserve the freedom given to us by God, implemented by our Founding Fathers, and embodied in the Constitution. We recognize that the traditional family is the strength of our nation. It is our solemn duty to protect innocent life and develop responsible citizens. We understand that our economic success depends upon free market principles. If we fail to maintain our sovereignty, we risk losing the freedom to live these ideals.
We, the 2018 Republican Party of Texas, believe in this platform and expect our elected leaders to uphold these truths through acknowledgment and action. We believe in:
- “The laws of nature and nature’s God,” and we support the strict adherence to the original language and intent of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions of the United States and of Texas.
- The sanctity of innocent human life, created in the image of God, which should be protected from fertilization to natural death.
- Preserving American and Texas sovereignty and freedom.
- Limiting government power to those items enumerated in the United States and Texas Constitutions.
- Personal accountability and responsibility.
- Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman.
- Having an educated population, with parents having the freedom of choice for the education of their children.
- The inalienable right of all people to defend themselves and their property.
- A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.
- Honoring all of those that serve and protect our freedom.
Whereas, the 2018 Van Zandt County Republican Party Executive Committee, believes in this platform and expects our candidates and Republican elected leaders to uphold these principles through acknowledgement and action; and
Whereas, the Democrat Party of Texas 2018 platform is a stark contradiction to those principles, priorities, and values of the Republican Party; and
Whereas, to the best of our knowledge, all Republican candidates appearing on the Van Zandt County ballot, from top to bottom, appear to stand on the overall principles, priorities, and values of the Republican Party of Texas; and
Whereas, these principles, priorities, and values represent the beliefs of the majority of residents of Van Zandt County and the State of Texas; now therefore
Be it resolved that we, the Van Zandt County Republican Executive Committee, urge all Van Zandt County citizens to vote for all Republican candidates up and down the ballot in November, 2018. We directly reject the unprincipled endorsements by former Republican Senator Bob Deuell, former Republican Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, and current Republican Harris County Judge Ed Emmett who have endorsed Democrats in races affecting Van Zandt County. We believe now is a critical time for Republican unity to achieve the principled actions outlined in the Republican Party of Texas 2018 Platform.
Adopted this 18 day of October, 2018, at the Executive Committee Meeting of the Van Zandt County Republican Party.
Susan Skommesa is a freelance writer and editor with The Northeast Texan. Her many interests include studying Biblical and Paleo-Hebrew, renovating houses, all things health and nutrition, knitting, homesteading, and teaching and writing on topics of faith, gardening, pets, chickens, and human interest.