Before Bipartisan Protest, County GOP Chair Pushes Judge Jenkins to Open Doors at Today's Election Commission Meeting to Public

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Dallas County Republican Party chair Jonathan Neerman says today's 3:30 p.m. meeting of the Election Commission -- the first such gathering in more than two decades -- should be relocated to the commissioners court and streamed live so citizens and the press can observe the proceedings. He's requested as much in an e-mail to County Judge Clay Jenkins, who apparently called the meeting in an attempt to oust Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet at the behest of long-time Commissioner John Wiley Price. Sherbet, who's held the position for 24 years, announced his retirement effective March 1 before Jenkins could hand him a pink slip.

Well-known preservationist Virginia Savage McAlester summed up the situation in an e-mail to friends last night: "Both Republicans and Democrats alike are stunned by this predicted move."

As Robert noted yesterday, there's a protest including folks of all political persuasions planned for the meeting in an attempt to persuade Jenkins -- who was slammed by The Dallas Morning News editorial board this morning -- to get down on his hands and knees and beg Sherbet to rescind his resignation, or, at the very least, ask him to endorse a nationwide search for Sherbet's replacement as opposed to naming a political ally to the position.

After the jump, you can read Neerman's e-mail to Jenkins, along with McAlester's e-mail to County Clerk John Warren. She reminds Warren that her great-great grandfather was the first county clerk and asks him to avoid putting "an unwarranted blemish on our county's record of clean politics."

Judge Jenkins,

In advance of today's meeting of the Dallas County Election Commission, I
have the following requests. I believe each one is reasonable and will
further your stated goal of bringing transparency to the political process
in Dallas County.

First, I request that today's meeting of the Dallas County Election
Commission be held in the Commissioners Court to allow members of the public
and the media to attend and watch today's proceedings.

Second, I request that the meeting be streamed live so that members of the
public who cannot attend today's meeting will be able to watch the meeting
from their computers.

Finally, I renew my request for an agenda of today's meeting. I previously
requested one from your Chief of Staff, who advised me that you were not
required to provide me an agenda prior to the meeting because the Commission
is not subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Please advise me at your earliest convenience about these matters. I look
forward to seeing you this afternoon.

Jonathan Neerman

Chairman

Dallas County Republican Party

Dear County Clerk John Warren,

Dallas runs deep in my blood, and I have a great pride in our county. My great-great grandfather, William W. Cochran (1807-1853), was our very first Dallas County Clerk. Others in my family have also been active in politics, including my father who served as both Dallas County and Texas State Democratic Chairman. Thus I have followed Dallas politics for a very long time.

Win or lose, I have always had great faith in how Dallas County conducted its elections.

Bruce Sherbert has been a superb Dallas County Elections Administrator. He has been above reproach and served us all well.

I would beg you and the members of the Election Commission to keep Bruce Sherbert in place.

No coup or behind the scenes plotting should tarnish the sterling record of clean elections that our County and City have been privileged to enjoy.

Please, do not put an unwarranted blemish on our county's record of clean politics, or on Mr. Sherbert's record as a sterling administrator, with an unwarranted ouster.

Our county's standards of good government began with my great-great grandfather. It is a tradition and a legacy that should be kept.

I believe that if you think very long and hard about past history, and about future consequences, you will not take this divisive step.

Very sincerely yours,

Virginia Savage McAlester


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Johhny V
Johhny V

Is just me or does Cliff Jenkins look like Chief Kunkle's weird little brother

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Just spoke with Neerman. No response yet from Jenkins to his e-mail.

Alan
Alan

Count me another Democrat missing Margaret Keliher. I was happy to vote for someone who just worked to solve problems without regard to party labels. And Price was the same way, at his governance best when she was County Judge. I'll never forget my then-teen daughters volunteering to unload relief supplies at Reunion Arena for Katrina refugees, and there were Keliher and Price doing the same for hours. No aides, no media, no privileges--just two people working hard to make a difference.

JC
JC

Are we seeing a re-run of that flick; "Rise of the Rethuglicans"???

Jay
Jay

Huh? More like Jenkins is emulating Craig Watkins.

Buckeye
Buckeye

This whole thing is getting out of control. Someone better call the County Constables to restore order.

Joanne Shields
Joanne Shields

Oh the Sheriff's Dept was ALL OVER THE PLACE. THEY WERE CONCERNED.

Spotter
Spotter

I was curious about that. Right at the end, in the moments before they made the announcement about Judge Jenkins leaving the building and then turning the lights out on us, I noticed about 15 more deputies were sent into the chamber. Was the honorable judge expecting a riot? Seriously, the median age in the crowd was probably around 62. I can't even begin to imagine any of those deputies were seriously looking forward to the idea of tasering a senior citizen. I sympathize with our law enforcement officials, placed in a tough spot between the pissed off citizenry and the jackassery of our elected officials.

Oakparkstudio
Oakparkstudio

According to an interview on KERA yesterday, Sherbet said in his meeting with JWP earlier this week, JWP basically told Sherbet he'd been in his position a long time and it was time for him to move on.

Can't the same be said for JWP? For all of JWP's histrionics over the years...someone should have pulled the curtain on his puppet show years ago!

Oakparkstudio
Oakparkstudio

Damn. Helluva time for Schutze to be gone.

I think we need that JWP vs. Schutze Smackdown...now!

Heinrich
Heinrich

I've taken the liberty of reserving some license plates in Jenkins' name. He can have his choice of the following:

http://www.myplates.com/Luxury...http://www.myplates.com/Luxury...http://www.myplates.com/Luxury...http://www.myplates.com/Luxury...

Impressed
Impressed

FAB-U-LOUS!Very funny.Wonder what you could create for the DISD superintendent.....and the school board members throwing all our money away....

MR Chips
MR Chips

Too rich. Great. I say we should purchase one for him and slip it on his car.

citygirl
citygirl

But first, can we all learn to spell the man's name correctly?? Even his supporters don't get it right.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Open government in Dallas... have you people been sniffing the Trinity fumes too long? Sherbet has long been considered non-political and competent. How the hell he managed to last this long is the real question.

Rumpunch
Rumpunch

I love how in the picture JWP is talking. He cannot even stop running his mouth when doing a ventriloquist act.

claytonauger
claytonauger

Can I suggest that folks show up at 3:30 with hand puppets of their choice in reference to Jenkins? A 50-puppet protest would be compelling TV.

heyheymama
heyheymama

Puppet 101: Grab a sock before you leave the house. For the desperate, pull a McGyver by slipping your shoe off at the protest and use the sock that you conveniently have with you for all Dallas government protests. When you put the sock on your hand and make the "mouth" move, the metaphor will be obvious.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

A say we blow up the number up 995,550 and call it a Million Puppet March...

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I love the pic BTW...I always knew underneath JWPs ebony exterior was a frail old angry white guy ;)

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