Ramsey in GOP DA race
By 11/22/2007 00:00:00
Appoints Democrat as treasurer
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Rodney Pat Ramsey filed a treasurer's report last week and will seek to become the next county/district attorney, a position which has been held by incumbent Joe Grubbs for decades.
Although Grubbs has not said if he will run again or not, Ramsey said he has been approached by dozens of people about contributing to his campaign.
'I had to file the treasurer to accept the money,' said Ramsey, who last year became a newly minted lawyer.
'You have to have a treasurer before you can raise money.'
Ramsey, a 2002 GOP primary candidate for county judge, is a former police officer who penned a series of columns for The Ellis County Press several years ago detailing problems with Grubbs' attempts to smear him.
He vowed then to take on the establishment and Grubbs by attending law school and becoming a lawyer.
Ramsey's pick for treasurer, however, is causing a few waves in of itself.
Chuck Beatty, the Democrat who ran against County Judge Chad Adams last fall, was picked by Ramsey to try to bring in independents and Democrats to the GOP primary.
Ramsey dismissed the controversy by noting that Grubbs himself had switched to the Republican Party in the early 90s.
'The county attorney should be representative of all people, not just the Republicans and not just the Democrats,' Ramsey said.
Another criticism Ramsey said he has received is his lack of prosecutorial experience. But it doesn't phase him.
'I answer [to that criticism by pointing out] ‘you know, come to think of it I haven't seen Grubbs in the courtroom in a while,'' Ramsey said.
Filing for countywide and precinct-level races (Republican or Democrat) begins Dec. 2 and ends Jan. 3.