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Democrat Donor Slanders Texas GOP Leaders
"Hagenbrandon" nearly went toe-to-toe with the State Chairman
The dumpster fire rises (again.) In the Denton saga’s latest edition, a lengthy confrontation involving esteemed State Republican Executive Committeeman (SREC) David Wylie, Democrat donor turned Denton GOP Chair Brent Hagenbuch, and Texas GOP Chairman Matt Rinaldi (who refereed) occurred. In a nutshell, Wylie enlightened Rinaldi on the moronocracy dominating the County GOP, plus rule violations, Rinaldi’s stating statewide Republican rules, and Hagenbuch launching a tirade implying everyone is a liar except him.
Wylie and Hagenbuch’s email arguments were long enough to qualify as my senior thesis (long-windedness isn’t a virtue m’kay) so we summarized each person’s takes to the point. Seriously, we had to restore our intern’s liquor cabinet privileges so he’d read it all.
Firstly, David Wylie begins his email cordially by stating his intent, which is for everyone to be heard and sanity be maintained.
How is this so controversial? Wylie went on to describe Hagenbuch’s refusal to recognize a special meeting request. Later, after getting everyone kicked out of a CEC meeting location, and Precinct Chairs having to vote in a parking lot, Hagenbrandon power tripped and cancelled future meetings until his conservative opposition would sit down and shut up.
Getting to the point, Wylie discusses his inquiry to Rinaldi about special meeting quorums, to which Rinaldi confirms all rules were followed, and Brent’s antics are unjustified. Wylie politely ended the email by humbly saying rules should be followed, and to vote Republican in upcoming local races.
We agree with Wylie’s position, and he possesses a decent track record as an SREC member. Who could react negatively to this?
Secondly, Brent Hagenbuch chimes in, venting an inability to handle criticism. To withstand and examine his harangue, we called upon our in-house Retardologist (a more productive career than gender studies).
Hagenbuch starts on a terrible note, subtly accusing Rinaldi of taking sides, nevermind that the latter simply stated rules were followed. Spoiler: much of Brent’s email is either character assassination or buffoonish nitpicking.
As you read above, Hagenbrandon invoked ex-State Chair James “Lil” Dickey, who’s only accomplishments are overseeing unprecedented GOP losses in 2018 (Dallas and Harris counties still haven’t fully recovered), holding a chaotic virtual “convention,” getting steamrolled by LTC Allen West during the 2020 State Chairman race, and losing to literal anarchist Amy Hedtke in some Senate Districts. That’s not a guy you want to invoke.
In the case of Matt Rinaldi accusations, Rinaldi never picked a side and only stated facts when asked. Under Hagenbrandon’s tortured “logic,” saying there’s only two genders, Earth is round, and 2+2=4 are “picking sides.”
Anyway, Brent was by far the most overlong (Alexa, play “Dude yaps like a lady”), droning on about Wylie being “false” because of a Precinct Chair’s supposed quote, and Hagenbuch’s emails with Richard Hayes, a State Rep. and Parliamentarian (neither argument proves infallibility.) Mentioning his discussions with other confidants, he claims innocence in this debacle.
Devolving into character assassination, Brent veered off-topic, babbling briefly about campaign finance violations before attacking people who dared question him, his chief targets being Ronnie Jones, Lincoln Achilli (who courageously confronted Hagenbuch), and even award-winning SREC Committeewoman Jill Glover.
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Hagenbuch proceeded to point out Wylie’s past campaign finance screwup (the same genre of petty matters Trump and Desantis were attacked over), and calling Glover a liar without evidence. As millions of brain cells wailed in agony, Brent finally concluded by suggesting Rinaldi listened to those with “poor integrity,” and inviting him to ask questions.
All in all, why is a confirmed Democrat donor (who almost lost his position at his first meeting) allowed to lecture on how Republican gatherings should be conducted? By now, our Retardologist made his verdict.
With so many county parties marked by lunacy, chaos, and endless nitpicking, it’s no wonder so many are uninvolved in local politics, and Austinite leadership ignores the grassroots.
Considering Chairman Rinaldi has had to mediate different counties’ disputes several times, centralization is inevitable and necessary. While a few try stymying progress towards efficiency (like HB 4636, which would centralize County Chairs’ powers, and de facto split the Texas GOP into 254 separate county parties), empowering the Texas GOP wouldn’t merely protect from infinite drama, but make it the most influential organization in Texas. We already have a logic-based model ready for implementation.
Once the project is accomplished, cleansing local parties of drama-causing incompetents should be first order of business; all politics is local, so this’ll be vital in maintaining Texas’s “red state” reputation, and make us independent of Austinite malcontents. Hopefully, we can declare independence from petty fiefdoms and create a “new machine” that’ll last long after we pass, and move Texas rightward. Hold the line Rinaldi!
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