A constituent’s letter to Rep. Reynolds

I was forwarded the following email to Rep. Ron Reynolds:

Dear Representative Reynolds,

Rep. Ron Reynolds

I wanted to believe you when I voted for you in 2010 despite knowing that you had been sanctioned twice by the State Bar, and subsequently had your law license suspended. You said that you had made a mistake, and would do better.

Then in 2011, you were leveled massive fines from the Texas Ethics Commission for failure to file required financial disclosure reports. The state had to garnish your pay just to get you to pay those penalties back. This was in addition to the federal income tax liens placed on you and your law firm. You said that you had made a mistake, and would do better.

Then in 2012 you got arrested. Later that year you told me you attended your interim committee hearings. But those committee minutes showed that you never bothered to go. A few months ago you lied saying that you were the Democratic Whip “the second highest ranking position” in the House Democratic caucus. First, we know that the Whip is not the second highest ranking position. Second, you’re not even the Whip. You’re one of 14 Deputy Whips.

Now we’ve learned that you’ve just been arrested for very similar charges as those you faced last year. Your second arrest finally confirms for me that WE can do better. You can’t possibly do your job in Austin while fighting ongoing legal and ethical issues at home.

I respectfully ask that you resign your position immediately and take some time to get your affairs in order. The people in this district deserve representation we can trust.

A Missouri City, TX Constituent,

Elizabeth Lyles

This was sent after Rep. Reynolds recent arrest on barratry charges. It was also sent to the Fort Bend Independent, though I can’t link directly to it – use their silly magazine interface to go to page 4 to see the letter. If Ms. Lyles is not alone in how she feels, I think we can expect Rep. Reynolds to have some opposition in next year’s primary.

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2 Responses to A constituent’s letter to Rep. Reynolds

  1. joshua bullard says:

    The first time i had a run in with ron reynolds was when i barrled down to city hall to contest his appoinment as a assoc municipal judge based on my concerns that he didnt actually live in houston,council member marc goldberg sided with me and tagged the appoinment and ron was sent packing for another week,even at this time i had yet to actually speak with ron reynolds nor allow him any due process whatsover,i took a piece of information that i suspected i could get the city goverment to move on and away i went,years latter threw political consultant burt levine i would finally be introduced to ron reynolds,wow he was actually a very nice person with a fantastic disposition,since that day i have always felt regret in my “rush to judgement”pertaining to ron reynolds,today its important for me to admit my faults in my past dealings with ron,i should have extended due process to him ,at the very minimum i should have made a phone call-i did not,saying all this to say-i learned that appearence doesnt actually represent the facts and the facts are not always what appear,however, theres an old saying”every thing thats slick ,doesnt slide,and every thing that slides isnt slick”lets all take a wait and see approach,,,,,i am not ready to throw ron reynolds under the bus…………………………………………..
    politico, joshua ben bullard

  2. Elizabeth Lyles says:

    Mr. Bullard:

    I agree with you on one thing. Reynolds is a charmer his middle name should be Hubris.

    I’d rather have my State Rep. working for his constituents in Austin instead of arrogantly not attending his committee meetings. Honesty is not something that you wear when it’s convenient. If you are following this drama you know that those who have turned state evidence have handed the prosecution more than enough to try this case. However, as my letter to Reynolds stated… I did phone Reynolds who continued to be disingenuous with his assertions that he had been attending his committee meetings. That was about the time that I decided to believe that he really is the person his actions are showing me he is.

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