Matt Rinaldi Reelected Texas GOP Chairman, Dana Myers Wins Vice Presidential Race
With Vice President Cat Parks stepping down for another term, the race for her successor was one of the most interesting facets of the convention. Harris County GOP Vice Chairman Dr. Dana Myers was elected by delegates to succeed Parks.
Myers will now work with Rinaldi to take advantage of the Democrats’ expected election warning in this midterm election.
“We are nothing less than a fight to save the America we love, to save the America we grew up in and the America we want to preserve for our children,” Rinaldi told delegates Thursday. Highlighting the racial and gender orthodoxy of the political left, Rinaldi added, “The administration is aided by its allies in academia, media and corporate America who have spread propaganda, attacked individuals who question the government-sanctioned narrative, and directly target our children.
“This is also happening in our state. We can’t just win elections and slow America’s leftward trajectory. We need to take the fight straight to the left and attack.
He then called on Republicans to pass legislation that “promotes strong families, free speech, secure borders and a free economy.”
Rinaldi yelled at Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for scold disney after the company opposed Florida’s bill banning discussion of sexual topics in K-12 classrooms.
He then applauded the legislature for passing the trigger ban which prohibits abortion if Roe vs. Wade is overturned and urged the Texas House to avoid appointing Democrats “to chair powerful committees.” There are also Democrats as Presidents of the Texas Senate.
“We cannot compromise with Democrats who have a different and incompatible view of our future,” he added.
On his re-election, Rinaldi Told delegates, “The fact that I have no opponent for re-election is proof of our success.”
The VP race was the opposite of Rinaldi’s, with a three-way race between Adrienne Peña-Garza, Alma Perez Jackson and Dana Myers.
Right off the bat, Jackson and Myers took a significant lead over Garza — but since Garza received at least three votes, the race went down to the delegate level. After the Senate District caucuses, Jackson led Myers by two votes but lost two votes before reaching a majority. The nominating committee then held another vote to select a candidate to recommend to the prosecution. On the third ballot, all but one of Garza’s votes went to Myers, giving him the two-vote advantage over Jackson.
Taken to the floor, each candidate presented his final case. Jackson was supported onstage by State Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood), RNC committee member Robin Armstrong and future State Representative Terri Leo Wilson. Meanwhile, Myers received a specific endorsement from Garza onstage ahead of the vote.
The final delegate vote tally was 4,965.44 for Myers and 3,726.60 for Jackson.
In his campaign, Myers is primarily focused on urban centers, trying to make gains in what have typically been Democratic strongholds.
The party now only looks to November midterms. They hold 85 seats in the State House, 19 in the state Senate, and 23 of the current 36 seats in Congress, with two more up for grabs after U.S. census population growth. And at the top of the ticket is the heavyweight matchup between Governor Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke.