The strong push by many Harris County Democratic Party Precinct Chairs to correctly admonish rogue Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is gaining momentum.
This is a matter for the Houston Democracy Project because there are credible reports DA Ogg is using her office to go after political opponents. That is very much a democracy concern. It is one of the things Donald Trump is clearly intending to do if he regains control of the U.S. Justice Department.
We've got enough troubles in Harris County without the Democrats we elect acting in a Trumpian fashion.
Below is a press release authored by top Harris County political communications professional Daniel Cohen. I'm just going to run it in full because it makes the case.
What I can add to my post is the picture I took you see above. It's District Attorney Ogg recording the 3 minute remarks of Democratic primary opponent Sean Teare at a Democratic Party get out the vote rally this past Saturday.
I don't know if she was trying to intimidate Mr. Teare or what. It was strange.
Below is the press release. Please share word with fellow Democrats of this needed effort to hold DA Ogg accountable. This is a real grass roots deal and will help set an example of active party members asserting expectations and standards for the people we work so hard to elect.
(Houston, TX) - Today, a coalition of elected Democratic Precinct Chairs announced that the number of official democratic officials co-sponsoring a resolution formally admonishing Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has grown to more than 80. The increase follows an attempt by Ogg to respond to evidence presented by local Democrats that she has abused the power of her office to pursue personal vendettas against her enemies, sided with Republicans to advance their extreme agenda, and stood in the way of fixing our broken criminal justice system.
On Friday, the Houston Chronicle published a fact check of Ogg’s defense, validating all the assertions outlined in the resolution and providing context she failed to provide to precinct chairs. The updated resolution is signed by a diverse array of races, ethnicities, ideologies and age groups. It is also co-signed by chairs from virtually every geographic area of Harris County.
“The idea of Kim Ogg calling for ‘party unity’ after years of aggressively attacking and tearing down the work of Democrats we’ve worked so hard to elect is asinine,” said Cameron Campbell. “Ogg is asking us to not believe what our eyes and ears have been witnessing since she took office. As a party, we cannot continue to support someone who would rather attend glitzy fundraisers with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick in River Oaks than keep the promises she made to us and to voters across Harris County.”
“Kim Ogg is running for office in the wrong primary,” said Melanie Jackson. “Her mean spirited tactics and extreme policies are indistinguishable from what we would expect from Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton, not a democrat representing the most diverse county in America. We deserve a DA that values equal application of the law, the protection of our elections from partisan interference, and an ally in protecting the right of women to get legal abortions.”
Below is a summary of the resolution and reasons for seeking censure:
Precinct Chairs co-sponsoring the resolution are seeking a floor vote on the proposal at the Harris County Democratic Party’s County Executive Committee meeting in December. The resolution is not sponsored or advanced by any candidate running against Kim Ogg for District Attorney.
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