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Whoops! Democrat Judge Accidentally Resigns from Office in Texas

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A Harris County judge, who has been in office for less than three months, resigned without even knowing it.

By sharing his plans to run for the Supreme Court of Texas, Democrat Bill McLeod will have to resign from his position at the Harris County Civil Court Law Number Four per the Texas Constitution.

According to Article 16, Section 65 of the Texas constitution, judges of county courts at law who announce their candidacy for another office must automatically resign.

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According to KHOU News, McLeod posted his future plans to run for the state supreme court online.

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County Attorney Vince Ryan’s office will send this matter over to country commissioners in a meeting on April 8, 2019.

Despite receiving more than half of Harris County voters’ support in last election cycle, Judge McLeod could be on his way out of office thanks to his announcement.

Now Judge McLeod is scrambling to get supporters to help his cause.

A McLeod supporter, Daniel Cohen, said “Democracy, fairness, justice, the will of the people all of that is tied up in this decision by the (Harris County) commissioners.”

KHOU News legal analyst Gerald Treece pointed out that “the constitution also allows county commissioners, given charge over appointing replacements, authority to keep McLeod as a holdover until there is a special election.”

Cohen added, “I think that’s a perfectly legal option and (commissioners) should take it.”

McLeod, who’s already in hot water over his candidacy announcement, declined to be interviewed.

His supporters have continued coming to his defense.

Pro-McLeod supporter, Kandice Webber said, “Our judges are human.”

She continued, “This would not be the first time that a judge has made a mistake. I would beg the court to leave him where he is. This is where Houstonians want him. This is where Harris County wants him, and we made that very loud and clear at the ballot.”

This event does not bode well for the rule of law in Texas.

“Beto” O’Rourke’s campaign solidified a “blue wave” in Texas urban centers across the state, which saw numerous State House, Senate, and even court seats flip blue.

Should this trend continue, Texas could go the way of Florida when it comes to issues like gun control and gradually bow down to leftist pressure.

Many conservative and libertarian activists are starting to realize the importance of local elections and are preparing to make their presence felt down ballot in the 2020.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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