On Tuesday, in a somewhat unconventional move, Williamson County Democratic Party Chairman Gregory Windham endorsed a Republican and abruptly resigned his post.
Windham's endorsement went to Larry Gonzales, the Republican running to unseat state Rep. Diana Maldonado, D-Round Rock in HD-52. Windham announced his decision in a letter to what were formerly his fellow Democrats.
Here's the letter:
A Message to Democrats
It is quite apparent that many members of the Williamson County Democratic Party leadership are interested in following a more liberal national agenda than listening to the majority of their constituents here locally. As a fifth-generation Texan and longtime supporter of Conservative, Texas principles, I find myself isolated within the party ranks and unable to relay my message of fiscal responsibility, family values, free-markets, and fair play.
The divisive, rigid leadership with the State and local party have made it clear from the beginning of this term that they have no interest in my opinions; engaging in personal name calling, the marginalization of the Chair's voice, and claiming my Texas ideals are out of touch.
I have a hatred of tyranny and contempt for its tools and being that I cannot sit down quietly and allow my mind be used for the spreading of an agenda that will further divide our citizenry, I choose now to resign as Chairman.
I give heartfelt thanks to my many supporters whose tireless work helped me get elected to this position. I am sincere in my hopes that Williamson County residents will take control of the political process from the many hand picked representatives of the left who now hold the keys to our political process.
After several opportunities to hear the candidates for State House Rep 52, I have decided to support Larry Gonzales as the next Williamson County State Representative. Larry's experience, intelligence, and knowledge of the political process far exceed that of the Democratic candidate. He is a family man, business owner, and a gentleman willing to build bridges and represent his district rather than his party.
Texas and America are facing a perfect storm. We must work together, hand in hand, to guide our way to safe shores. The continual mockery of each others positions and platforms only deepens our internal wounds. Compromise is necessary and I urge all who have interest in Liberty and a zeal for truth to listen carefully to all opinions and, above all, practice the Golden Rule.
God Bless You and God Bless Texas
Gregory S Windham
UPDATE: Here's Maldonado's response:
Mr. Windham's colorful criminal and civil history coupled with his erratic behavior caused us to ask for his resignation over six months ago. Since then, his behavior has become increasingly destructive and he was even publicly rebuked by the State Chairman. I hope he is able to find the help he needs.
My campaign is not skipping a beat and will continue to talk to voters about my experience as a school board member, freshman legislator of the year and on my efforts to bring millions of dollars in funding for transportation infrastructure and our new higher education corridor.