The Republican conventions of Senatorial Districts 3 and 4 in Montgomery County made their severe displeasure with congress’ support of the omnibus bill known by passing resolutions strongly condemning the members of the Texas delegation who supported it.
The idea of passing a resolution calling out supporters of the liberal omnibus originated in the SD 3 convention, which encompasses several of the northernmost precincts in Montgomery County. Jamice McMahon, a delegate from Precinct 50, authored the resolution and presented it before the convention.
McMahon’s resolution, which passed overwhelmingly despite some protests by the establishment, states:
“The Republican Party of Texas holds Republican members of the Texas delegation to congress in contempt for their affirmative votes on any omnibus spending bills that violate the Republican Party platform.”
“[The resolution] is to let them know in no uncertain terms that we do hold them contempt for their vote in not following the will of the people,” said McMahon. “This is a complete betrayal of what they told us they would do.”
George Hyde, a resident of SD 4 which includes most of Montgomery County, had a similar idea at the SD 4 convention held later that day.
Hyde drafted a resolution like the one passed by SD 3, and moved to have it added to the Resolutions Committee’s report for SD 4. Although it was obvious from the resounding applause following Hyde’s motion that a vast majority of the body supported it, a small minority of establishment delegates attempted to stop it – presumably in an effort to cover for their elected officials.
After a lengthy debate, the resolution was killed by a point of order. However, Hyde and his allies persevered, and were able to resurrect it. When a vote was finally called, the convention passed Hyde’s resolution with over 90% of the vote.
Although the resolutions are not legally binding, the statements by the largest official Republican gatherings in Montgomery County are indicative of the widespread disapproval of the omnibus bill among voters, and send a clear reminder that elected officials will be held accountable.