The Harris County Democratic Party has voted to admonish District Attorney Kim Ogg by a decisive vote of 129-61. Elected Harris County Democratic Precinct Chairs were the eligible voters at the quarterly County Executive Committee Precinct Chair meeting.
Details of the resolution are below. Above is a picture of the meeting.
Congratulations to my good friend Daniel Cohen who was an architect of the fully grassroots effort.
Here is what DA Ogg told the Houston Chronicle after the vote--
“It's political drama within a party,” she said. “It’s the in-fighting that our American public has grown tired of. I would tell the public that this is damaging to the political process, and it hurts public trust. Anybody who pushed this is wrong.”
No respect at all for the party faithful. No self-awareness or reflection. DA Ogg was at the meeting and has surely known many of the Precinct Chairs for years. She knows--or should know--that they are guardians of the political process. These are strong volunteers and active citizens. It is simply inappropriate for any elected official to speak disrespectfully to the people who sustain the party.
This was an important process and an important vote. Two committees of the Harris County Democratic Party bravely moved the admonishment resolution forward despite pressure from DA Ogg and her ally State Senator Carol Alvarado.
The clear 2/3's vote of Precinct Chairs was a resolute statement that the active rank and file of the party have the right to tell elected officials that enough is enough. This strong voice from so many of the people who do the work, will be essential in demanding our elected officials show up for us in 2024. We must keep Harris County under Democratic Party control and work to defeat authoritarian Senator Ted Cruz.
Here are details of the resolution that was passed by such a large majority of some of the most informed and committed Democrats in Harris County:
In June 2022, in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Ogg noted that she would prosecute Gov. Greg Abbott’s abortion ban, the most extreme in the nation, “on a case by case basis.”
Ogg has joined Republican officials in repeatedly making demonstrably false claims that Harris County democrats on Commissioners Court are “defunding law enforcement.”
Ogg continues to oppose efforts by democrats to reform our broken criminal justice system by working to oppose efforts by democrats to fix the cash-bail system, intimidating public servants working to enact community and gun violence prevention programs, lobbying for republican legislation fueling mass incarceration that disproportionately impacts black and brown communities, and directly attacking elected democratic judges advocating for fairness to our criminal justice system.
In November of 2022, at the behest of State and local republican Officials, Ogg initiated a partisan criminal investigation against local election workers - an investigation premised on debunked conspiracy theories, lies, and unproven innuendo. Ogg also pursued a criminal investigation against Hervis Rogers for voting in the March 2020 primary. Rogers is a 64-year old black man who was already arrested and prosecuted by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a politically motivated investigation designed to add credence to “the big lie.”
In August of 2023, Ogg broke a major campaign promise to support decriminalizing low-level drug offenses, which disproportionately impact people of color, by reversing her own policy.
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