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Chaos Breaks Loose at County GOP Meeting
"Wow that's crazy" says local man while he moves on with his life.
Ever wonder why the average Republican voter has no idea who their local officials are? Why the average Republican voter has zero interest in County Executive Committee (CEC) meetings or know what CEC meetings are? Do you wonder why we can’t grow the party and our voters continue to get all their news from FOX instead of local groups? We may have an answer.
Last Thursday the Denton GOP held it’s monthly CEC meeting and by the time it was over, precinct chairs were casting votes outside in a parking lot.
How did it get to this point? Does the average voter even care? Great questions.
Lots of controversy surrounds Denton County Republican Party (DCRP) Chair Brent Hagenbuch, we’ve written about it before but it includes things like donating to Democrats. Something that seems so incredibly inexcusable for someone in his position.
But Hagenbuch was elected, and the Denton GOP will reap what it sowed in the form of chaotic meetings.
In January, the DCRP held their monthly meeting. Precinct chairs we interviewed said DCRP Chair Hagenbuch chose to end the meeting an hour earlier than planned and left many agenda items unaddressed.
The Denton GOP body chose to hold a special meeting in February to address outstanding January issues, they met the required quorum and the meeting was held without County Chair Hagenbuch.
Hagenbuch, of course didn’t like this and even went so far as informing the State Republican Executive Committee to disregard anything done in February.
So of course, last Thursday, for their March meeting, DCRP Chair Hagenbuch moved to adopt meeting minutes without recognizing anything that happened in February.
Did you fall asleep reading the above? We did while writing it. So here’s video of the chaos.
There’s a long story behind the video above. It involves Robert’s Rules of Order, bylaws, meeting minutes, a bunch of boring stuff the average voter doesn’t care about. It ends with the church asking the constable to kick everyone out of the meeting, Hagenbuch taking off before adjourning, and Precinct Chairs continuing their meeting outside in the parking lot.
The important point here is we continue to wonder why the Republican party is losing influence over the average voter in Texas. Why the average Republican voter doesn’t know their state rep. Why the average Republican voter can’t be bothered to vote in primaries, but happily votes for incumbents again and again.
Local county Republican parties continue to be run by shady, corrupt weirdos who continue to cause division among those who choose to get involved.
We’ve covered odd happenings in Republican County Clubs before.
Does this stuff matter to the other 99% of Republican voters not heavily involved in party happenings, but whose vote we still desperately need?
Let’s paint a picture for you for one moment:
You’re a Republican voter. You don’t know much about your local party, but you vote (R) anytime it’s election time. You have no idea who your State Representative is, and hell, you can’t even name people on your City Council. But you care about America and you’re a Republican, so you decide to turn off Fox News for the night and head to your local county Republican Party monthly meeting.
You walk in to see and hear this:
What do you think is likely to happen to the voter in the above scenario?
Why do you think GOP elected officials rarely show up to these meetings? Why some don’t care about the will of the majority of the party? Why almost all of our Republican elected officials have zero respect for what the “grassroots” thinks about them?
Denton County GOP Chair Brent Hagenbuch should be embarrassed by what his actions have caused at his county meetings. It’s embarrassing for the party, it does nothing to grow the party, and he seemingly violates rules and the will of the majority…for what? To remain party chair? For what reason? What does he accomplish by being chair of a body where the majority dislikes him?
How does any of this accomplish anything?
We don’t know, but to around 100 people in Denton county this is a very big deal.
But to the other 17 million registered voters in the state of Texas…life goes on.
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