April 10, 2017
Editor-in-Chief, CRTX News
Over the past few months, Speaker Joe Straus and his lieutenants have worked to kill legislation called for in the 2016 Republican Party of Texas Platform. While the planks in our platform die on the vine in committee or through illegal points of order in the Texas House, Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler has remained silent. Remember, the Republican State Convention Delegates who created the 2016 RPT platform are the same individuals who elected Mechler as Chairman-yet he remains silent. One must ask, why isn’t Mechler fighting for our grassroots platform? Why isn’t he leading the charge? Why is he unwilling to stand up to Joe Straus and his lieutenants? Why won’t he fight for the values outlined in our platform?
Senate Bill 6-Texas Privacy Act
Page 11 of the RPT Platform states:
“Gender Identity- We urge the enactment of legislation addressing individuals’ use of bathrooms, showers and locker rooms that correspond with their biologically determined sex.”
The Texas Senate delivered on this plank, passing SB 6, the Women’s Privacy Act, “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms!”, by a vote of 21 to 10. However, SB 6 appeared to be dead on arrival in the Texas House. Speaker Straus told the anti-SB 6 Texas Association of Business members, “If you are concerned — I know many of you are — now is the time to speak up [against SB 6].” Chairman Mechler remains silent. Again, why isn’t he standing up for our platform? Why isn’t he sending emails, making calls, media appearances, or doing everything he can to guarantee that the peoples’ representatives in the House have a vote on this issue?
It is time to make a difference and challenge Joe Straus, his lieutenants, the Texas Association of Business (TAB) and the liberal left who are fine with biological males and boys, who claim to be women, including registered sex offenders, to have access to women’s and girls’ public and school bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms. Throughout the session, Dr. Steve Hotze and I have communicated to millions of Republican voters using automated calls and email, met with numerous state senators and state representatives, and traveled to Austin to help promote SB 6 in front of the Senate State Affairs Committee, in an effort to protect the privacy and safety of our mothers, wives, and daughters.
During the same time period, Tom Mechler and the Republican Party of Texas have not raised a finger to help promote or pass SB 6. Mechler and the State Republican Party have not sent emails or contacted Republican primary voters by phone. By remaining silent on SB 6, they have been complicit in working to defeat SB 6. They are remaining silent as SB 6 lingers in the state house and the legislative clock continues to wind down.
The 2016 Republican Party Texas (RPT) Platform calls for school choice. Specifically, our platform states on p. 16, “SCHOOL CHOICE: We believe that all children should have access to quality education. We support the right to choose public, private, student to any school, whether public, private, charter, or home school through means of tax exemptions and/or charter, or home education. We support the distribution of educational funds in a manner that they follow the credits.”
A school choice bill, SB 3, passed the Texas Senate 18-13. It is now stalled in the House. Straus lieutenant Dan Huberty, Chairman of the Public Education Committee, has stated that he does not want his committee to vote on a school choice bill. Again, Tom Mechler and the Republican Party Texas (RPT) remain silent. Why aren’t they doing everything possible to try to get this piece of legislation passed? Does Tom Mechler and the RPT represent the Republican grassroots base of our party, or, instead, are their loyalties to Speaker Straus and his lieutenants?
Page 25 of the RPT Platform states, “Enforce Immigration Laws- We demand that state and federal law enforcement officers enforce our immigration laws, and expedite hearings on deporting non-violent illegal immigrants and visa overstays.” The platform language found legislative life in Senate Bill 4 (SB4), filed by State Sen. Charles Perry. SB 4 would punish local and state government entities and college campuses that do not work with federal immigration officials to uphold our immigration laws. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 20-10. (Senator Jose Rodriguez was absent.) Once the same issue reached the House, Straus lieutenant Charlie Geren, with the help of State Rep. Byron Cook, presented a copy of the legislation that was watered down to remove key components of SB 4. For instance, Geren’s version of SB 4 allows inquiry into the legal status of individuals to be limited to individuals under arrest, as opposed to the original SB 4 version which includes arrested or detained individuals. Unlike SB 4, Geren’s bill would allow college campuses to have policies that allow sanctuary city type policies. Again, Mechler and the RPT refused to stand up for the SB 4.
Message to Tom Mechler
My message to Tom Mechler is clear, “Stand up and fight for our platform! Stand up for the grassroots activists who elected you. You were not elected by Joe Straus.”
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