DCRP​ ​Statement​ ​on​ ​Lupe​ ​Valdez

Today’s filing by Democrat Sheriff Lupe Valdez is the 12th Democrat, after a slew of others, who finally decided to running for Texas Governor as a Democrat. Clearly, Ms. Valdez was not the Democrat Party’s first choice to run for governor. Here at the Dallas County Republican Party we will be watching Valdez as she puts forth a liberal agenda and keep her accountable. Governor Abbott’s leadership in Texas is outstanding and the voters see completely through this repeated attempt at dividing Texas with identity politics. This sad tactic failed in 2016 and it will fail again in 2018.

Yesterday, the Dallas County Republican Party revealed that the Dallas County Commissioners Court and Sheriff Lupe Valdez were playing politics instead of protecting citizens by refusing to appoint a new Sheriff immediately when Valdez conveyed her intention to run for Texas Governor. The law is clear, in the Texas Constitution Article XVI, Section 64(b), that Valdez was required to resign.

Valdez and her democrat and socialist allies’ efforts to try to run out the clock in order to thwart the will of primary voters were brought to light by the Dallas County Republican Party and Republican Party of Texas. We will continue to serve as unwavering advocates for the voters since Valdez has already shown her willingness to try and ignore voters – certainly a characteristic we don’t need in the Governor of second most populous state in the United States.

Already, the Dallas County Republican Party has seen strong interest from impressive law enforcement professionals eager to protect and serve the citizens of Dallas County. In addition to an immediate filing we are receiving calls from qualified candidates interested in running for Dallas County Sheriff in the March 2018 Republican Primary. We look forward to having the people choose their candidates for Dallas County Sheriff.

DCRP​ ​Calls​ ​on​ ​Dallas​ ​County​ ​Commissioners​ ​Court​ ​to Appoint​ ​A​ ​New​ ​Sheriff​ ​Immediately

Dallas, TX – The Dallas County Republican Party calls on Dallas County Democrat Sheriff Lupe Valdez to resign as Dallas County Sheriff immediately. For weeks Valdez has stated that she intends to run for Texas Governor. Article XVI, Section 65(b) of the Texas Constitution provides that a sheriff who becomes a candidate for another office automatically resigns his or her position if at least one year and 30 days remain in the sheriff’s current term. Chairwoman Missy Shorey had this to say:

“A sheriff’s responsibility is to keep their community safe and clearly Sheriff Valdez has her eyes set on climbing the political ladder rather than her jurisdiction,” said Chairwoman Missy Shorey. It is definite in the Texas Constitution that when a sheriff announces intention to run for public office they then automatically vacate their office. Valdez stated her candidacy and now I call on the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court to appoint a replacement so Valdez can run for Governor on her own time and not at the expense of Dallas County residents.”

Chairwoman Shorey continues, “It is unfortunate that Sheriff Valdez is playing politics instead of prioritizing the protection of Dallas County citizens. By default, she is forcing the tax payers of Dallas County to become defacto Democrat donors. We deserve far better from a person who is entrusted to enforce and uphold the law. We urge Sheriff Valdez to read her Texas Constitution that clearly states she needs to resign, effective immediately.”

Sheriff Valdez took office in 2004 and is known most recently for headlining at the 2016 Democratic National Convention where she praised Hillary Clinton. Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is a Valdez supporter.

DCRP​ ​Passes​ ​Resolution​ ​Supporting​ ​Vote​ ​‘Against’​ ​DCS Proposition​ ​A

Dallas, TX – The Dallas County Republican Party (DCRP) Executive Committee passed a resolution Monday against the Dallas County Schools (DCS) Proposition A on the November 7, 2017 Constitutional Amendment Ballot. The resolution was passed unanimously by members of the Executive Committee. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“Do not be misled by the name of Dallas County Schools. DCS is not to be confused with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). DCS does not operate a single school nor does it educate students. In fact, DCS is a dangerous bus vendor bureaucracy that must go,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “DCS is millions of dollars in debt due to reckless deals and botched pay down schemes orchestrated by their management. DCS is ripping off Dallas County taxpayers and diverting dollars that could better serve our students. The buses are chronically late and there are alarming records of student safety complaints and violations. If you are concerned about Dallas County’s government accountability and student safety vote “Against” the Dallas County Schools Proposition A on November 7th.”

Voting “Against” DCS Bus Service Proposition A is a nonpartisan issue championed by Dallas Republican State Senator Don Huffines (SD-16) during the 85th Legislative Session and supported by Mayor Rawlings and two (2) DISD trustees. A vote “Against” the bus service would trigger a gradual wind down and the distribution of current assets to local districts who already contract elsewhere or run their own transportation service. The proposition will appear last on all ballots. Early voting is from October 23, 2017 to November 3, 2017 and the Constitutional Amendment Election will be held on November 7, 2017.

Governor​ ​Abbott​ ​and​ ​Chairman​ ​Huffines​ ​Raise​ ​$225,000

Dallas, TX – Governor Greg Abbott joined Chairman Phillip Huffines for a dinner benefiting the Dallas County Republican Party. The dinner was hosted by Kelli and Jerry Ford on September 21, 2017. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“We are thrilled to have raised over $225,000 at our past quarterly fundraiser. Half of the donors were first-time donors to the Dallas County Republican Party.” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “The success of this fundraiser is indicative of reaching our ambitious goals for 2018. Over the past year the Dallas County Republican Party has gained tremendous momentum both financially and structurally to spread the Republican message of hope and opportunity across Dallas County. We look forward to working alongside the Governor as we prepare to defeat the Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018!”

Kelli and Jerry Ford graciously offered to host a fundraiser for the Dallas County Republican Party with Governor Greg Abbott as the special guest. The fundraiser took place on September 21st and yielded a monumental financial success.

Flooding on the Texas Coast

Houston, TX – Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Coast last week and has caused record flooding. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those effected by the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey. I encourage every Texan to offer their support to those displaced by this tragedy and to offer any help they can to the relief efforts,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “We’re truly thankful for the efforts of the brave first responders who have plunged into the waters to rescue stranded Texans. Our prayers remain focused on all of those effected by the storm.”

Hurricane Harvey made landfall late last week and has brought on flooding throughout the Texas Coast. More rain is expected to fall in the coming days, adding strain to the already overflowing drainage systems. Governor Abbott has activated the entire Texas National Guard in response to the hurricane.

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) Diagnosed with Cancer

Phoenix, AZ – Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) was diagnosed with brain cancer according to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“Our hearts go out to Senator McCain and his family during this difficult time,” said Phillip Huffines. “Senator McCain is a man of impeccable strength and a distinguished military career. We wish him the strength and fortitude to persevere in the days to come.”

The tumor was discovered during a procedure to remove a blood clot from behind Senator McCain’s eye. Senator McCain and his family are currently reviewing further treatment options.

Man Arrested for Voter Fraud in Dallas

Dallas, TX – The Dallas Police Department made its first arrest in the West Dallas Voter Fraud case Wednesday. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“I applaud the great work by Dallas Police Department and District Attorney Faith Johnson’s office for indicting Miguel Hernandez in the West Dallas Voter Fraud case. His indictment further proves voter fraud is a real issue for Texans,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “Our right to vote is our biggest asset in the pursuit of Liberty, and any individual who steals that right from any American citizens should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I look forward to Special Session where Governor Abbott has named voter fraud a key issue.”

Miguel Hernandez has been associated with “Jose Rodriguez,” the anonymous figure accused of assisting in over 700 mail-in ballots. Hernandez is currently only accused of one count of illegal voting.

One Year Anniversary of DPD Ambush

Dallas, TX – On the one year anniversary of the ambush on Dallas Police officers, Chairman Phillip Huffines released this statement:

“Let us set politics aside as we somberly remember the event that shocked Dallas to the core one year ago. I hope we can unite as a community to remember these fallen heroes and the ultimate sacrifice they made in the name of our safety,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “Our hearts and prays go out to their families and to all those who continue to protect us. We will forever support these selfless individuals and their efforts to protect the lives of our citizens.”

House Passes “Kate’s Law” and Sanctuary Cities Bill

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House passed “Kate’s Law” and a bill focused on cracking down on sanctuary cities today largely along party lines. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“The two bills passed by the House today are critical for defending Americans. For too long a secure border has been ignored which has put American citizens in danger,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “The passage of ‘Kate’s Law’ and the Sanctuary Cities bill allows law enforcement to crack down on criminals who have entered our country illegally and removes one of the biggest lures for illegal aliens. This is a big step for protecting all Americans.”

The sanctuary city bill passed with a vote of 228-195 and “Kate’s Law” passed by a vote of 257-167. The bills now have to go to the Senate before hitting President Trump’s desk.

Dustin Marshall Wins DISD, Place 2

Dallas, TX – Dustin Marshall defeated Lori Kirkpatrick for the Dallas Independent School District, Place 2. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“Dustin Marshall’s victory today was a win for all students in DISD, Place 2. His unrivaled commitment is key for ensuring every student has the opportunity to receive a quality education,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “Our children deserve the very best, and I am confident under the experienced, dedicated leadership of Dustin, the students of DISD, Place 2 will receive just that.”

Today, Dustin Marshall defeated Lori Kirkpatrick handily receiving over 66% of the vote. Kirkpatrick won the Primary, nearly winning outright.

Representative Neave Arrested Tuesday Night

Dallas, TX – Late Tuesday night Texas House member Victoria Neave, District 107, was arrested for a DWI after running into a tree. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

"Dallas County doesn't need elected officials who break the law and endanger our children and the public by driving drunk. Dallas County, and House District 107 must demand better," said Chairman Phillip Huffines. "Our focus is on getting Republicans elected throughout the County and we will be actively supporting the Republican nominee for this seat in 2018.”

Representative Neave was booked at the Dallas County Jail around 3:30 a.m. early Wednesday morning after crashing into a tree in Dallas.

The SCOTUS to Hear Trump Travel Moratorium

Washington, D.C. – The Supreme Court announced that it plans to determine whether President Trump’s moratorium on travel was lawful. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the moratorium is vital for defending Americans,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “When they review the case, I have no doubt they will see what we all have seen; it lawfully defends our country from foreign aggressors. It is absolutely vital that we secure our border and President Trump’s Executive Order puts us on the path to do just that.”

The Supreme Court reinstated President Trump’s moratorium on travel from six countries; determining that those without any ties or relationships in the United States would be unable to enter temporarily. They announced their intention to hear the case sometime this Fall.

SREC Elects New RPT Chairman

Austin, TX – The State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) elected James Dickey as the new Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas and Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“I would like to congratulate James for winning the election today to become Chairman of RPT. He has a very clear vision of the future of the Republican Party here in Texas,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “Now we must hit the ground running as we work to elect Republicans in the future. Together, we’re not only going to Keep Texas Red, but we’re going to Take Back Dallas County!”

James Dickey won the election at the SREC meeting today over challenger Rick Figueroa. James is the Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party and will now take over the seat vacated by Tom Mechler who resigned just a few weeks ago due to family reasons.

Chairman Phillip Huffines Signs Letter to the Governor

Dallas, TX – Yesterday, Chairman Phillip Huffines signed a letter written by Aaron Harris, Executive Director of Direct Action Texas, to the Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Chairman Huffines had this to say:

“The increasing reports of voter fraud continue to challenge the integrity of the electoral process in Texas. Our right to vote is the foundation of Democracy and the cornerstone of the Constitution,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “We must do everything within our power to ensure that right is protected for our citizens. That is why I am proud to stand with Direct Action Texas as we cordially request the Governor to call a special session to address the problem of voter fraud in Texas.”

Direct Action Texas has led the charge in calling for legislative action during Texas’ 85th Legislature to ensure ballot integrity. Their letter to Governor Abbott has been signed by over 100 grassroots leaders throughout the state and encourages the Governor to use his constitutional authority to force the Texas Legislature to address the endemic problem of voter fraud across Texas.

Chairman Tom Mechler Steps Down as RPT Chairman

Austin, TX – Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler offered his resignation from the position earlier today. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“I am saddened to see the resignation of Tom Mechler from the Republican Party of Texas.,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “I wish him and his family the best and I am hopeful for the future of our party. I look forward to working with the new incoming chairman when that is decided.”

Chairman Tom Mechler served as Treasurer of the Republican Party of Texas where he was credited with stabilizing party finances. He assumed the office of Chairman in March of 2015.

Voter Fraud in Dallas County

Dallas, TX – With overwhelming reports of voter fraud in Dallas County coming to light yesterday, Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“This type of gross abuse of the political system is absolutely detestable. With over 700 alleged reported fraudulent votes purportedly cast, it is absolutely imperative that the District Attorney look into this issue,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “The value of our political system is our ability to choose our leaders democratically. Anyone who seeks to falsify documents in order to game the system is no friend to liberty or the United States.”

Yesterday reports surfaced of alleged falsification of over 700 mail-in ballots in Dallas County. The whistleblower who shed light on this issue has not identified the exact identity of the person who carried out this act.

Obamacare Repeal Passes U.S. House

Washington, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives voted to repeal Obamacare today. Chairman Phillip Huffines had this to say:

“Obamacare failed Americans. It continuously wasted tax dollars and increased premiums to an unbearable level,” said Chairman Phillip Huffines. “Today’s vote in the House to repeal this failed system and to create a competitive healthcare system centered around affordable quality for the consumer is monumental. We now have the opportunity to return to the free market values which truly do make America great.”

The repeal of Obamacare in the House is a tremendous step in fulfilling one of President Trump’s key campaign promises. The bill now faces an uncertain Senate.

Statement on Shooting of First Responder in Dallas

Dallas, TX – Following the shooting in Dallas earlier today, Chairman Phillip Huffines released the following statement:

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the first responder who was maliciously shot while performing life-saving treatment on an injured civilian,” said Huffines. “This senseless act of violence is atrocious. We hope that law enforcement can quickly capture the individual who committed this heinous crime and bring them to justice.”

DCRP to Attend RPT DIME Listening Tour

Dallas, TX – The Republican Party of Texas Hispanic Engagement Team will stop by Dallas on their Listening Tour this Sunday, April 23, 2017. The Dallas County Republican Party released the following statement:

“We are excited to participate in the Republican Party of Texas’ Listening Tour. The DCRP and the Republican Party of Texas must work together to deliver the Republican message of prosperity and liberty to areas previously un-engaged. Through this concerted effort, we will be able to motivate Republicans, and to find new Republicans who believe that through hard work, any person can be successful. This will be crucial for electing Republicans throughout the county.”

Chairman Phillip Huffines’ Run for Senate District 8

Dallas, TX – Following Chairman Phillip Huffines’ announcement of candidacy for the open seat of Texas Senate District 8, the Dallas County Republican Party released the following statement:

“The Dallas County Republican Party has seen unprecedented success under the tenure of Chairman Huffines, and he intends to complete his term as Chairman during his run for the open seat of Texas Senate District 8. We recently held the most successful Reagan Day Dinner in the history of the party; we raised over half a million dollars, 75% of which came from donors new to the party. His ability to unite the Republican Party and fundraise have placed the DCRP in a position to reach new heights in our mission to help elect Republicans throughout the county. Huffines is certain to be a formidable candidate if he works half as hard as he has as County Chairman.”