Author: Sam Somogye

September 18, 2023, Harris County GOP Executive Committee Adopted Resolutions

Resolution Appointing the Primary Committee for the 2024 Republican Primary in Harris County, Texas

WHEREAS, the Texas Election Code states that a Primary Committee may be established in each county having a County Executive Committee and that the County Chair serves as chair of the primary committee, to perform certain primary election duties; therefore, be it

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Harris County GOP Statement on Texas Supreme Court Unanimously Rejecting Harris County Governments Attempt to Stop SB 1750

HOUSTON — Today, the Texas Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the Harris County Government and Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum to bar the enforcement of SB 1750, which returns running Harris County elections back to two elected officials rather than an unchecked bureaucrat.

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Harris County GOP Announces Intervention To Support the State of Texas’ Passage of SB 1750

HOUSTON — This morning, attorney Andy Taylor filed an intervention on behalf of the Harris County GOP to support the State of Texas’ passage of SB 1750, the bill that returns the authority of running Harris County elections back to elected officials and to fight the Harris County Democrat-led government’s lawsuit to overturn this critical legislation.

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Harris County GOP Debunks County Attorney’s False Narrative & Baseless Lawsuit

HOUSTON — This morning, Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee, Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, and others held a press conference where they spread false narratives and highlighted a baseless lawsuit in an attempt to stop the will of Harris County voters.

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WATCH: County Judge Lina Hidalgo Public Meltdown

While discussing whether or not to move a program to the District Attorney’s office, Lina blatantly disrespects her colleagues, the office she holds, and her constituents when she loses her mind talking about Democrat Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, saying, “I don’t know what the F**K she’s threatened you with” to the other commissioners.

We always knew that Lina was unfit for office, but this shocked even us. Behavior like this is unacceptable and disrespectful of the office she holds, her fellow commissioners, and Harris County voters. Harris County residents deserve a leader who won’t crumble under pressure!

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Houston Chronicle: GOP chair: If Harris County could run good elections, the state wouldn’t have to step in

In 2020 I was elected to serve as the Harris County Republican Party Chairman. Part of my responsibility is overseeing the Republican primary elections and recruiting Republican election workers for general elections. Additionally, I serve as the only Republican on the Harris County Elections Commission.

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Harris County GOP Statement on the Passage of SB 1750

HOUSTON — Today, the Texas House passed critical legislation restoring accountability to Harris County elections. SB 1750 rightfully returns the responsibility of running elections to duly elected officials rather than a partisan appointee. 

“The Elections Administrator’s office has been a colossal failure since the moment it was formed,” said Harris County GOP Chairman Cindy Siegel. “The responsibility of running elections should have never been taken away from the Harris County Clerk and Tax Assessor-Collector, both elected officials, to begin with.

“The only things we’ve seen come from the Elections Administrator’s office are mismanagement and incompetence, resulting in countless missteps that have led to grossly underserving Harris County voters. Ultimately, if the EA could pull off an election without major problems, the state legislature wouldn’t have had to step in. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from unprecedented issues, whether that be missing ballots or ballot paper shortages and everything in between, they can’t get it right. Someone eventually has to step in and say, ‘Enough,’ and today, the Texas Legislature did exactly that by passing SB 1750.

“I would like to thank Senator Paul Bettencourt for authoring this bill and the entire Harris County delegation of Republicans for seeing this through to the end, and I look forward to Governor Abbott signing SB 1750 into law.”

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Letter Urging House Republicans to Pass Critical Election Integrity Legislation

I am writing to ask that you pass SB 1750 and SB 1933 and present facts as to why the passage of these bills is important to Harris County and the entire state of Texas.

Harris County is the largest county in Texas and, for the last decade, has consistently had either the most or second most Republican voters out of every county in the nation. Unfortunately, since 2020, Harris County has been more infamously known as the poster child on how not to run an election. 

I, along with many other Harris County Republican leaders,  election workers, and subject matter experts have spent countless hours testifying in Austin this session. While giving testimony, I consistently heard members say, “I’m tired of hearing about the problems with how badly elections are run in Harris County.” 

Let me assure you — no one is more tired of the problems that have plagued Harris County elections due to poor leadership and mismanagement than I and the Harris County GOP grassroots and primary voters are.  

As the Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, I have been dismayed by what appears to be the lack of action by the Texas House of Representatives regarding passing critical election integrity legislation, including SB 1750, SB 1933, and several other election bills that have withered on the vine. 

Why should you care about what happens in Harris County? I’m a CPA by training, so let me break it down with cold-hard numbers.  

With over 2.5 million registered voters, almost 14% of the votes cast this past November in the state were from Harris County voters. Harris County has had multiple chances to get running our elections right since the Elections Administrators office was formed in 2020, and they simply can’t. Some examples include, but are in no way limited to, the suppression of the Republican vote by eliminating historical Republican polling locations, undersupplying multiple polls with ballot paper resulting in countless voters being turned away, nearly 10,000 ballots not being initially counted, polling locations opening hours late, and more. 

For the sake of Harris County voters and confidence in elections for all Texans, it’s time for you all to step up and say “Enough” through decisive legislative action.

Harris County could be the deciding factor that leads to losing close Statewide, Congressional, and Senatorial elections because elections in Harris County are so problematic. If things get worse in Harris County (and they will without preemptive legislation), they will undoubtedly get worse for all of Texas. You all have an opportunity to correct many of these election issues, and if you neglect this, you will own the blame. Our primary voters and donors know this and are watching carefully.

Today there are 21 election challenges by Harris County Republican candidates related to the November 2022 election. We hope all or some of the 21 election challengers will get new elections. However, our primary voters and donors know that without robust election integrity laws passed this session, we will have the same group running the elections in Harris County who refuse to display any accountability or integrity, and Republican voters will continue to be disenfranchised. Additionally, it’s not a stretch to see what has happened in Harris County could be perpetuated in other counties across the state in future elections.

It’s time to take action and pass SB 1750 and other important election integrity bills like SB 1933. The passage of SB 1750 will eliminate the Harris County Elections Administrator’s position and give the voters their voice back by putting our elections back in the hands of the duly elected County Clerk and County Tax Assessor with oversight from the Secretary of State.

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