This morning, TL was in receipt of an open letter from CFISD Board candidate Bill Henderson, addressed to Precinct Chair Ramsay Elder, who is accused of dirty politics in Henderson’s race against incumbent board president, Dr. John Ogletree, Jr.
The letter addresses Elder’s talking points, and calls the attack on his character “a personal vendetta.” The letter is presented herein in its entirety, sans addresses:
October 24, 2010Dear Mr. Elder:I am disappointed that you would wait until 10 days before the election to disclose your negative comments about me; hardly allowing me the time to address your concerns. It is apparent that your motives have nothing to do with the well being of the 100,000 students in the CyFair district but is more about a personal vendetta you have against me. The beneficiary of your comments is a Democrat that has supported President Obama and who believes that a property tax increase is necessary for the District.Nevertheless, I will address the issues you have raised about my personal background. The events that occurred in 1997-98 were a result of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filed in 1992 and a divorce that was filed in 1993. I am not proud of either event; however, there were several financial circumstances that influenced my decisions and I feel I have learned valuable lessons as a result.I truly believe that the felony bankruptcy fraud charges were politically motivated because when I agreed not to seek reelection, the charges were dismissed and I plead guilty to a contempt of court charge. Even the final findings by the State Judicial Conduct Commission did not prohibit me from serving as a district court judge in the future.I am particularly proud of the job I did as a Family Court Judge and the fact that the Chronicle would label me “one of the worst” judges based upon the evaluation of the attorneys totally disregards the condition of the family courts in 1994 when I was elected. If you will recall, 1994 was the year Republicans swept to victory in 53 of 55 judicial races. The family courts were infested with the “good old boy network” of attorneys and the other Republican judges and I instituted a number of procedural changes, including new scheduling orders and greater use of mediation, to move our dockets more expeditiously.Lastly, the incident in 2003 involved a deputy constable who was trying to arrest my stepson and several of his buddies in my front yard. When I tried to intervene and prevent the arrest, I was charged with interfering with a public servant. No charges were ever filed against any of the boys and, upon the completion of several requirements, including writing a letter of apology, all charges against me were dismissed. I did not believe the incident justified the expenditure of attorney’s fees to take the case to trial.My sincere opinion, Mr. Elder, is that my experience advocating for families, and sitting as a family court judge, has equipped me to make the tough decisions that face public school trustees. For the last 12 years, since returning to private practice, I have limited my practice to family law matters, representing parents and their children and mediating over 500 family law disputes.Furthermore, for the last two years I have served as President of the Downtown Pachyderm Club and worked tirelessly to help Republican candidates from the Courthouse to the Congress to take back our country. I truly believe that our school districts need the same kind of conservative leadership.There are many in this community who are able to speak about my abilities, including Jared Woodfill, Ed Hubbard and Paul Simpson. And if you want more information about me, please feel free to contact Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison or Judge Paul Pressler, both of whom have known me since 1972.I have the demeanor and intellect to be a strong advocate for our public education system and I look forward to the opportunity to support with the wonderful teachers and staff of the CyFair School District. I also believe that my faith has helped me deal with the challenges I have faced and has made me a better person. I think I will be an excellent role model for the over 100,000 students of our district.–Bill Henderson
NotBill.com, a website launched against Henderson, frames Dr. John Ogletree’s re-election bid challenger as a ineffective one-term Harris County judge with a string of legal and financial problems, including run-ins with law enforcement and deadbeat dad status on child support payments.
The website, paid for by Harris County Precinct 015 Chair and accountant Ramsay Elder, has some conservatives scratching their heads as to why the author would eat one of his own. Or, why he would be throwing the election for a known “liberal Democrat who voted for Obama in 2008”, says Lone Star College-CyFair Republican Club chairman Matthew Conner.
According to the Federal Elections Commission, Ogletree has made only some $750 in contributions to two Democratic candidates, including U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-18), and Kevin Powell, a candidate for New York’s 10th Congressional District who lost in the Democratic primary.
Claims Ogletree supported President Obama in 2008 could not be substantiated.
Elder’s FEC contributions record looks like any perennial and well-funded Republican contributor’s wrap sheet, with some $23,000 in donations to Republican candidates.
So, what’s with Elder’s beef? And why would he commit an action which would result in the status quo for CFISD? Talk amongst yourselves.