|Beth Cubriel, Executive Director |
of Republican Party of Texas
In the letter, dated May 22, 2014, Morris states:
In support of the four malcontents which we have had to live with for the last three or so years including the 2012 county convention, the committee ruled that the charges had merit, I had to demonstrate in some way, my strong disagreement."
|Lisa & Simon Mata|
The enormously wealthy, attorney-laden state Republican Party is not representing Morris in his countersuit. He's hired his own attorney, Paul L. Fourt, Jr. of Brownsville, but seeks in his countersuit to recover $7,500 in attorney fees plus $2,500 in unspecified expenses from Hasse.
A point of contention is whether Morris' resignation was limited to the term that ended June 15, 2014. Morris submits as "Exhibit B" a terse letter from his Republican Party of Cameron County letterhead supporting his contention:
Ida R. Stacy
Republican Party of Texas
Dear Ms. Stacy,
Reference my email this date:
IAW Section 171.025 of the Texas Election Code and the By Laws of the Republican Party of Cameron County dated September 13, 2012; I submit my resignation effective this date as Cameron County Chairman for the term of office ending June 15, 2014.
Frank J. Morris
Conveniently missing from Mr. Morris' exhibits is a much more detailed resignation letter written 11 hours earlier to State Party Chair Steve Munisteri with a CC to Secretary Stacy. That letter does not limit Morris' resignation to his then current term, but instead speaks of removing his name from the checkbook, vendor accounts and utilities. That letter suggests the "new chairman" has 30 days to pick up the files and ends with "It's been a good ride."(We published this letter in its entirety in an earlier blog article.)
Also referencing this first resignation letter is Staff Writer Emma Perez-Trevino in her July 25, 2014 Valley Morning Star article about the Morris countersuit.(The Brownsville Herald did not find this story newsworthy.) Notice the comments below on the writer's Facebook page:
This matter will be heard by Judge Ben Euresti, Jr. at the 107th District Court at 974 Harrison St. on July 31 at 9:00 AM.
This is a multi-faceted story with several angles yet unreported.