HOUSTON, May 20, 2020 – Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson released the following statement today after the Democrat-led Harris County Commissioners Court appointed Texas Democrat Party official Christopher Hollins to oversee elections as interim County Clerk:
“It's critical that we have an independent County Clerk dedicated to meeting important election challenges. Yet, last night, the Harris County Commissioners Court tapped a Democrat Party official to serve in the top position overseeing elections.
"In November 2020, this vital role will oversee one of the largest countywide voting operations in the nation, amid an unprecedented global health crisis. Harris County voters deserve a County Clerk who will operate as an independent voice with the knowledge and experience it takes to maintain an open and transparent office and ensure fair and efficient elections – not a campaign operative who is dedicated to defeating President Donald Trump and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. It's clear this decision was not made in the best interest of Harris County voters, and demonstrates why the position of County Clerk should be elected by the people and not beholden to other county officials.
"We look forward to nominating a Republican candidate for County Clerk in the November election who will ensure integrity and voters' trust in Harris County elections."
Chris Hollins, a personal injury lawyer, serves as Vice Chair of Finance for the Democratic Party of Texas. According to Hollins' website, he worked in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in the Obama administration and has worked on various campaigns for Democrat candidates. Hollins recently tweeted on his personal Twitter account, "Can’t wait to beat @DanPatrick in 2022. But @realDonaldTrump first."
Per Texas election law, the Harris County Republican Party’s Executive Committee that takes office on August 3, 2020 will nominate a GOP County Clerk candidate to be on the November ballot.