August 10, 2011….Fourteen days since Rick Miller swore on a Bible that he was not going to resign as Fort Bend County Republican Chairman……At the time I told him that Jesus doesn’t excuse you for lying to a reporter on a Bible. Our conversation was a result of a rumor I had heard that Republican State Rep. Charlie Howard was going to announce his resignation effective immediately and throw his support and money to Rick Miller.
Charlie also took the oath and swore he was not going to resign.
When Rick Miller was asked about his and Charlie’s rumored resignations by Fort Bend Commissioner Richard Morrison, Miller told the Commissioner, “Well…..not yet.”
So after he swore on a Bible to me that he wasn’t resigning, then hinted that he was to Commissioner Morrison, when I called him back about the deception in his swearing, he said he was just “jacking” with Commissioner Morrison.
Another local pundit, Juanita Jean, told me that former Chairman Miller might feel it was his duty to “jack” with a female reporter, but she doubted very much he would be “jacking” with Commissioner Morrison. So it was me he was “jacking” with.
Miller says his swearing to me was that Charlie wasn’t going to resign and throw him the mantle and give him his campaign money.
We have a difference of memory, but I never would have made either of the two men swear that Charlie wasn’t going to give Miller his campaign money. I would know that was a false rumor. Charlie has about $423,000 in his campaign account that he can keep and spend forever, as long as it’s spent for political reason–either to other candidates, or to buy tables at the local Republican party gala or to pay any of the officeholders or former officerholder’s expense as long as he/she may be running now or in the future. Charlie ain’t gonna part with one penny of that big dog money unless it will buy him credibility or access. He can dole it out for years with a little here and a little there as long as you treat him right.
Miller’s resignation? Good riddance to bad rubbish I say. I never did like him because I think he had a lot to do with the overthrow of Gary Gillen who won that election fair and square and was practically forced out of office. Many of us moderate Republicans were put off by that coup d’état.
Miller was one of the founders of the Tea Party in Fort Bend, and while I may have some sympathy with their causes (I, too, believe we have to get a handle on our debt) I have little respect with their tactics. I think they have screwed up our whole economy during this debt ceiling debacle.
Miller is fond of saying on the Republican web site: “Do you hear them?…The Herd Arrived!!” My contention is if you hear anything it’s the rest of the Republicans distancing themselves from the Tea Party, or maybe, like him, the herd you hear is rats leaving a sinking ship.
And that other saying of his: “Stay Strong Conservative Republican –Stand-up, Show-up and Speak-up!! His resignation is really a testament to that standing up, showing up and speaking-up. Like most tea partyers, and Miller claims to have started the Tea Party in Fort Bend, he can’t see what they are doing to the Republican party.
Rick Miller is a Sarah Palin kind of officeholder. Fight like hell to get in, then resign when something better comes along, talking the big talk about how strong they are, then caving like Obama at the end.
Every time I think of Sarah Palin, I see her in front of the camera extolling the virtues of something (usually herself) with a grinning jackal in the background, feeding a live turkey into a meat grinder.
Miller said to me right before we hung up that he would be interested in writing a point-counterpoint column in the “Star” to challenge my liberal leanings. I told him that as long as he was contemplating running for another job that wouldn’t be possible. He said as soon as he decided if he was going to run for the two jobs, he would call me.
TWO JOBS? Which two, I asked. Charlie’s, and according to Miller, Pete Olson. Pete Olson?
I know that Pete seemingly just calls it in and seems disengaged from Fort Bend usually, but he is nice and likable and so is his wife, Nancy. But seriously, Miller, you would run against Pete Olson? Oh well, as retired military, he has the uniform.
While talking to Miller, I complained that Olson had never drawn a paycheck that didn’t have the U.S. government’s signature on it. Now that I think of it, I wonder if Rick Miller had ever drawn a regular paycheck?
It was time for him to resign.
And the way I hear it, many of the Republican precinct chairs are rightfully upset because Miller named a successor from the podium, a lady that many chairs claim not to know. She is also a tea partyer (why don’t they get their own organization and resign from the Republican one?) who they claim gave a legislative update that very night that bashed other Republicans.
So if Miller is contemplating Charlie Howard’s job, I guess that means Howard is not going to run. Charlie has had some health issues in the past and as a cancer patient, I know that we are told over and over that stress has a bearing on our outlook. I predict he will decide, rightly so, that his grand kids and his farm need him more.
Another rant …
I usually only discuss local news in my column, but last week I wrote about the national stuff and I was surprised at the response I got. Thanks to all you emailers who encouraged me that Fort Bend is not ALL a bunch of Bush excusers or knuckle-dragging Ku Klux Klanners. You inspire my hope in the future of our Republic.
Don’t the Republicans realize yet that George Bush was so bad that he almost bankrupted our country. I think some of the Republican hierarchy realizes this and that is why for the past almost three years they have done nothing but holler about how bad Obama is. The Republicans should realize that it’s their fault we elected Barack Obama.
Now before all you Republicans out there get high behind and start screaming at me, I ask you to take a cold, hard look at the years before Obama was elected. Bush was so bad that we went out and elected a nice guy (Obama) with a weird name and questionable credentials to be our president. As a Constitutional law professor, he clearly didn’t have the experience to lead us, but we were so tired of Chaney, Rumsfeld, and Bush’s brain Carl Rove and their brand of leadership, that we were grasping at straws.
We probably would have been a lot better off electing Hillary, but she was a WOMAN, fergoshsakes! So we voted for the black guy with the weird name and patted ourselves on the back for being so enlightened, never mind all that enlightenment we could have experienced with HIllary.
The Republicans are so bad that even John McCain (you kids get off my lawn) got up on the Senate floor and compared them to trolls (members of his own party).
However, when S&P changed its rating for U.S. treasury bonds from AAA to AA+, it declared that both parties shared in the responsibility. The agency pointedly added that in its opinion, Republicans were most responsible for the “political brinksmanship” in the debt limit crisis that demonstrated the government has become “less stable, less effective and less predictable.”
I’ve asked myself many times why Obama is being so nice and then I think I heard the answer on some political talk show: How would we respond to an angry, black man? Of course, people forget that he is also 50% white.
Republicans and Tea Partyers call him a socialist who is destroying the country when they have stated publicly that they would rather see our country fail in order to build it back up and elect a Republican. Where is the love of country in those statements?
In this latest crisis, the Republicans have really screwed up. They have ticked off Wall Street. And Wall Street doesn’t forget.
I don’t care who they put up for president, and I don’t care how bad it gets. I will never vote for someone who publicly thinks the United States should fail. I’m staying with the Constitutional law professor (or Hillary).