First of all I want to say thank you to my friend David Jennings who messaged me inquiring about my recent encounter with the Vacancy Committee. Since his post last week about said encounter I’ve had an outpouring of support from friends, party activists, precinct chairs, and elected officials. I truly appreciate the support of all those who have spoken up on my behalf in regards to this encounter.
Those of you that know me, know my background, for those that don’t let me tell a little bit about myself. I am a normal 24 year old, I work as a teacher for high school students, I enjoy exercise and reading, I live with my sister and wonderful partner of 3 years, and I am a staunch advocate for human liberty and conservative causes. It is my dedication to the ideals of liberty and freedom, which has ultimately driven my choice to align myself with the Republican Party. This was not an easy decision, I find many faults with the party in its structure and its messaging. Despite these faults I felt and still feel today that the Republican Party is the best avenue for human freedom and liberty.
Since making the decision to align myself with the Republican Party I have participated in numerous Republican organizations, campaigns, and events. I worked vigorously for the Sarah Davis and Fernando Herrera for state representative campaigns, I have volunteered for the Jack Christie for City Council Campaign, I have passed out literature for the John Faulk campaign, and of course supported the Mitt Romney for President Campaign. Door knocking, blockwalking, phone banking, endorsements, fundraising, donating. If you can name it I’ve probably done it. I was a delegate to the 2010 state Republican Convention and multiple Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee Meetings. I am a member of the Houston Young Republicans, the Republican Liberty Caucus, have donated money to the Republican Party of Texas, and yes I am the vice-president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston.
It was my desire to promote the Republican brand in my precinct and to increase my participation in functions of the local party structure which drove me to apply for precinct chair. With the presidential race rapidly approaching in July 2012 I applied for precinct chair. 9 months later I was granted an interview with the Vacancy Committee. Please note that some persons in the meantime were granted an interview a mere week after applying. The details of that meeting are well described in David Jennings previous post, so there is no need to reiterate them. Suffice to say that despite my years of dedication to the party, spending time, money, and effort to elect conservative and liberty minded candidates to office, that the majority of present members of the committee found my efforts insufficient and my participation in the party inappropriate. That night several other people were approved by that same committee, some of whom had never been to a Republican function in their lives. One applicant I am told did not even vote in 2012 despite being eligible. What was most objectionable to my candidacy was my unwillingness to commit to the entirety of the platform, and my membership in the Log Cabin Republicans.
I will be honest. I do not believe in the entirety of the platform. After reading the document there are several sections I disagree with. I would challenge any Republican activist to read the whole document and commit themselves to every stance. It is a challenge almost every person who identifies as Republican would probably fail.
I am a proud member of the Log Cabin Republicans. I helped found the new chapter after the previous chapter had disbanded. I felt and still feel a need to continue to create and expand outreach and dialogue between the Republican Party and those who identify as part of the gay community. It is disheartening to know that the members of the vacancy committee who voted against my nomination would disagree with this goal and abandon 5-10 percent of the electorate. Keep in mind that in recent years that most countywide races in Harris County have been decided by that margin or less.
Perhaps what is most troubling is that the members of the Vacancy Committee who voted no, as well as their supporters, have abandoned our principles as Republicans. Our party was renewed during the Reagan Revolution on the belief that alliances are best formed based not on uniformity of belief, but based on character, integrity and loyalty. That we should not turn away allies, and that we should work to include the broadest possible coalition that is dedicated to the founding principles of our nation. Instead my detractors have committed themselves to the tactics that I attribute largely to the Democratic Party. That power is best accrued when a community is divided amongst itself. That the characteristics and labels of a person are of greater worth than their ideas, values, and beliefs.
I will continue to fight for human liberty in all forms, and I will continue my activism in the Republican Party. I will with good spirit debate those in the party when our issues of disagreement arise, and continue to welcome them with open arms whoevers positions may win out. I will continue reaching out to people to promote conservative and liberty minded principles as the foundation for a strong community- Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, and Democrats alike. I will continue on with an open heart and love for all persons as my Christian beliefs guide me in life. David Jennings ended his last post by urging his readers to pray. I too similarly urge the readers of this article to pray. I urge you to pray that as a party, as a nation, and as member of the human race we find dignity and grace with each individual. Let us recognize that if God had wanted us to all be the same he would not have made us all so very, very different and that those differences are not a weakness, but an opportunity for growth.
Future Harris County Republican Party Precinct Chair