Thursday, January 30, 2014

United Republicans of Harris County Proceed with Endorsements Process

A funny thing happened as United Republicans of Harris County moved through its candidate endorsement process this primary season - the corrupt pay for play system in our county has finally begun to garner the attention from the general voting public needed to make change.  Is it the beginning of the end of pay for play slates - political endorsements in Republican primary races provided in exchange for money? Maybe.  We know it will take time to rid Harris County of the now entrenched business as usual in Republican politics.  The good news - it has to start somewhere and it has now started to capture the attention of the voter.

Are you looking for an alternative as you begin to think about the upcoming Republican primary? Are you looking for a group that provides recommendations to voters using research and actual face to face interviews?  Are you looking for a group that leads by example?  There is one such group in Harris County - United Republicans of Harris County.

Who are United Republicans of Harris County?  

United Republicans of Harris County represents the economic conservative Republicans of this community and advocates the traditional Republican philosophies of:
  • Fiscal Conservatism
  • Strong National Defense
  • Lower Taxes
  • Safer Communities
  • Better Education
  • Less Government Intervention
  • Individual Freedoms With Responsibility
  • Accountability by Our Elected Officials
Our organization is unique among the endorsing vehicles in Harris County because we are the ONLY group to have board members and a general membership.  We are comprised of grassroots activists and business and community leaders with extensive campaign involvement.

No money is exchanged for an endorsement.  We are the anti-pay for play group.  United Republicans of Harris County was formed in 1992 to counter a then-developing pay for play endorsement slate system.  This group of forward looking activists are committed to continuing today to work to turn around the descent into the demise of the county Republican party. 

The pay for play system produces lazy candidates and a lazy voting public.  It's easy for a candidate to write a check to one of the three main groups who will endorse in exchange for that check.  These groups will send out a newsletter or a mailer proclaiming their endorsements, as though a true vetting process has occurred.  It hasn't.  It is simply meeting the demand for the price set by the endorser.  The voters receiving these mailers take one to the poll.  Easy, peasy, right?

United Republicans does it differently. 

United Republicans has been a much recognized part of the Republican Primary with our extensive endorsement process.  In the hope of providing ethical and well qualified nominees for our Party, our endorsements are much sought after by candidates running for office.  Our hands on process of interviewing candidates in person and providing them with questionnaires regarding their qualifications makes us unique to the political process.  We are the ONLY such organization in Harris County that has continually and consistently provided a venue for candidates to be considered fairly based on merit, qualifications, and participation in the Republican Party.  We are the ONLY organization in Harris County to interview candidates in person as part of our selection process.  Our Board Members literally spend hours researching candidates before endorsements are issued in order to provide you the voter with the best possible recommendations.  We are proud of our accomplishment of being the only endorsing entity in Harris County to have chosen the Winning Congressional Candidate in all of the open Congressional seats in our greater Houston region.

There is no substitute for researching and questioning candidates.  The voter deserves a process that holds candidates to the highest standards of personal and professional ethics.  It is a tedious and time consuming process but there is no substitute.

There is nothing more precious than your vote in our political process.  Demand better of your county's politics.  Hold the handful of men made wealthy off the backs of candidates accountable and tell them it will stop.  

United Republicans has now finished the interviewing process for those who asked for an interview.  We provide questionnaires and ask for a biography of the candidate.  Then the candidate comes in for a brief interview.  You might be surprised who comes in and honors the process and who doesn't bother to participate.  Think your favorite candidate is all about "liberty" and "grass roots activism" to promote change?  Maybe not so much.

Endorsements will be announced soon.  Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting to endorse a candidate that has had problems with campaign fines and receives welfare from the government

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm apparently, your group did not do such a good job in checking on this issue just wondering if Babin wants to get to congress to start this up for himself on a yearly basis. Just wondering????