Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CONGRATS AND THANKS FROM FORMER CHAIRMAN

Dear Liberty Dispatch,

There are a handful of people still around who worked for years laying the groundwork for liberty County one day to change course and start electing Republicans and to connect this county with conservatives in Austin and Washington D.C. Years ago I made a public prediction that Republicans would fill half of the offices in the county by the 2008 election. I was a little off and we had a few years when we were a little too passive, but that time has now come. If you will allow me to I would like to thank Jay Knight, Steve Stephens, and Craig McNair for running for County Judge. They all three saw a need for change and they all had the courage to run and the willingness to serve. It is with great pleasure I congratulate Craig McNair and it is with sincerity I thank several others for their efforts.

It is a difficult thing to run in a primary against people that live together in a tight knit community and who have similar conservative values. I did not know Mr. Stephens before this race but I watched him tonight and I thought he conducted himself not only like a gentleman, but like someone who cares about this county and cares about making positive changes. I am in hopes he will do like Jay Knight and help us make needed changes by electing Craig McNair and helping him after he takes office. Stephens knows how to bring about change and can still be a very important part of these historic times. I don’t really know Jay Knight either, but for years I have heard from friends what great people he and his wife Jan are. This county and the Republican Party ought to hope that Jay will run for office again. I will look for an opportunity to reward him for his efforts in this race by voting for him in his next one.

The last candidate I would like to single out and I would like to say I have the most appreciation for is Larry Wilburn. For those of you who are new to voting or working for the Republican Party, you need to know that very few people have helped this party survive and get strong enough to win in the last fifteen years than Larry. If people like Larry had not gone against the odds and spent the money and time it takes to run we would not have made the progress and we would not be preparing to make historic changes this election. It is people like Larry that knew if they ran as a Republican that they would probably have to run multiple times and work their tail off before they would have a good chance of winning. Much of Larry and his wife Denise’s efforts and their self-sacrifice will never be known by future Republicans but I saw it. I saw two people with integrity and purpose who sacrificed a great deal and who are unquestionably the type of people who made this country great. I don’t know Barry Graves, but I hope he wins in November. If he helps the Republican Party half as much as the Wilburns, he will be a vital part of the history of our local party.

Lastly, I do not want to pass up an opportunity to thank all of the people who make Liberty Dispatch what it is. I want to thank Ray Akins especially. I know you wanted to stay out of this County Judge’s race, but we all know you were concerned that Mr. Stephens and our whole list of candidates would be affected by some of the circumstances surrounding the recent FEMA contracts. I appreciate the way you handled that on this site and I know you hope Mr. Stephens will focus on resolving that situation and that we will all help Craig McNair win in November and help him be successful as the first Republican County Judge in over 100 years. Everywhere you have lived you have devoted your time and your money and your unique abilities to replacing Democrat officeholders and RHINO’s with good Republicans. My only regret in deciding to retire as the party chairman is that I wasn’t in office to greet you and help the party work with you in unity to build a strong Republican Party. I salute your efforts. Some may misunderstand you and some have definitely distorted who you are, but I can not help but salute you for the sacrifices you have made and the trials you have endured (sometimes dealing with ‘friendly fire’ from people that claim to be on our side).

Sincerely,

Richard Pegues


Richard Pegues retired after serving three terms as the Liberty County Republican Chairman from 2000-2006. It was during County Chairman Diane Sanford’s term (1998-2000) and Richard Pegues’ three terms that local Democrats began to have to actually acknowledge and deal with local Republicans after years of passive Republican “leadership” that refused to engage and confront local Democrats. Democraic Party Chairman John Archer dubbed Pegues “the attack puppy” in an effort to make light of the efforts of those hard working local Republicans back then. Pegues enjoyed the nickname and relished the idea of the “puppy” growing up. The people of Liberty County voting 3 to 1 in the Republican Party primary versus the Democratic Party primary is evidence that that group of people Archer meant to insult when he called Pegues the attack puppy are preparing to get the last laugh.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your celebration is premature Pegues....... you are still a loser and so is your right wing crazy rich people party!

Anonymous said...

I like Barry, but I will join you in thanking Wilburn and those people who have been at this awhile. I started helping three and a half years ago and it can wear you out at times.

Anonymous said...

Ray no matter what they say, you know you have tons of readers. Some in leadership of the Republican Party may have teamed up with Democrats and tried to marginalize you, but many of us read this site and learn things we did not know and would not have known had you quit. Hang in there, the courts in an appeal will work if Hight keeps up his bullsh*t.

Anonymous said...

You called it Ray, keep knocking them down, thanks from a Republican Precinct Chair.

Anonymous said...

What happened with Brand? I really thought he had a shot against Warner? What was the problem? I hope this site does not endorse her even though she is on the Republican ticket. All she is is a lap dog for Helen Green and I do not want our party having to bow down to that woman.

Anonymous said...

Wow, the race is over and what a race it was! I agree with Mr. Pegues and hope that Mayor Stephens will now help Craig McNair as Jay Knight did. Mayor Stephens is a very smart man who, with his vast political experience and civic knowledge, can offer Craig valuable advice on how to promote Liberty County and bring about the change we need. Jay Knight's advice on Economic Development and planning can also help Craig in his endeavour. I too, hope to see both Mayor Stephens and Mr. Knight in future Republican Party - Liberty County political contests...their involvement and focus on the future can truly be a positive impact on the future of our county.

Anonymous said...

RE: What happened with Brand?

To young, whisper campaign from both sides. The privileaged in Hardin felt that Brand wouldnt honor the good old boy deals they are use to with: groce, Fitzgerald and parish. Whisper Campaign mostly.

Anonymous said...

Why would Brand have had a chance? He isnt even remotly qualified much less as qualified as Warner! Also why do you think she is a "lap-dog" for Helen Green? And why is that aimed at a negative way towards her? Helen helps out our community in so many ways, never wanting recognition of it or anything! So before you start bad mouthing people get your facts straight! CHARLOTTE WARNER WON BECAUSE SHE WAS THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE!

Anonymous said...

charlotte warner is a google eyed freak and lap-dog of huff too

Anonymous said...

RE: Why would Brand have had a chance? He isnt even remotly

Its because of the dumbasses in hardin like you can't even spell or pick a truely qualified candidate. LOL

Anonymous said...

Marcus keeps complaining that he is 35 years old and people are acting like he is still a kid, but what he doesn't understand is people are not talking about his age as a negative. They are talking about his community involvement. People know Charlotte Warner and that she has spent time trying to help this community. Marcus should run again for a political office after involving himself in this commnuity more. I like him> Ithink most of us do, but we just felt like Charlotte deserved the chance to beat Old Lee Groce.

Anonymous said...

As a voting Republican, I think this site has not given support to Mr. Barry Graves or his voters. Barry is a good and honest man, who during the whole election Tuesday had a daughter in the emergency room. He did not stop the whole day and stayed in contact with her by cell phone. He really could not enjoy his victory or the company of his voters, who turned out to see the election through to the end. Most people did not know that Mr. Graves, had to leave the gathering early to get to the hospital and did not get home until the early morning hours. His two children are is prized possessions, so missing sleep for 24 hours is what he had to do to be with his daughter. To the person that said that Steve Stephens has vast political experience, where did he get it, running for mayor, in a 6,000 population city twice? As the leader in the Primary, he made a rookie mistake; he did not turn out his voters, the second time. Someone with vast political knowledge, would know that a man in his position has to turn out your voters the second time, by networking with people that can help turn out his voters. It is hard to ever get voters out the second time, for leaders in a runoff election. Also, in the community and in the Catholic Church, Helen Green is a good lady, with class and a very good moral compass and the party should welcome her with open arms and not judge her by her ex-husband that is a sleaze. I have one last comment; Mr. Stephens has so much anger towards Mr. McNair and his voters, that in November, he will be working behind the scenes for a carpetbagger that voted in a Harris County election in Oct/2009. Stephens lack of political savvy, and just being a long time salesman, did not make the sell, and to him, McNair is still the competition, never ever an ally, watch his next sell will be Morrison, no matter his party, he is not about party and it was just used as a tool to make the biggest sell of his whole life and he has no allegiance to anyone or any party, he deals in money, not people. Thanks guys from Republicans.