According to Texas Election Code Sec. 161.005: “To be eligible… to serve as a county or precinct chair of a political party, a person must… not be a candidate for… an elective office of the federal, state, or county government.”
Therefore, by filing last Friday to run for President, Robert Morrow simultaneously ended his term as Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party.
Travis county’s Precinct Chairs have done an excellent job managing an incredibly difficult situation this year.
I have every confidence that they will manage this additional transition every bit as well, and will be happy to do whatever I can to help them and the party.
The steering committee will undoubtedly now work to arrange to call a meeting so that the Precinct Chairs can elect a new County Chair. That meeting will need at least two weeks’ notice, so I’d expect to see news about the TCRP’s new Chair mid to late September.
Whoever they choose, this change will undoubtedly be a welcome boost for the local party just in time for the November election.
From the Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler comes the following statement on the situation:
Austin- “In accordance with state law, upon filing as a write-in candidate for President of the United States on August 19th, 2016, Robert Morrow became ineligible to hold the office of Travis County Republican Chair. There is absolutely no place for rhetoric as distasteful as Mr. Morrow’s in the Republican Party of Texas. We are excited to move forward with the Travis County GOP and the new incoming Chair as soon as an election is held to fill the position.”