Former House Majority Leader and U.S. Representative Dick Armey spoke to the Grayson County Republican Party at their annual Lincoln Day dinner Saturday evening. The event celebrated Grayson county GOP’s achievements over the past year, raised money for scholarships, and served as a forum for discussion on how to keep Texas under Republican control.

Former House Majority Leader and U.S. Representative Dick Armey spoke to the Grayson County Republican Party at their annual Lincoln Day dinner Saturday evening. The event celebrated Grayson county GOP’s achievements over the past year, raised money for scholarships, and served as a forum for discussion on how to keep Texas under Republican control.


In the audience at Tanglewood Resort were notable public figures Rep. Ralph Hall, Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri, State Rep. Larry Phillips, and State Sen. Craig Estes.


Armey said he could remember a time when Texans consistently voted for Democrats. But that changed, according to Armey, "when the Democratic party went away from the things we value and appreciate and hold dear and precious and became the party of big government control freaks." The modern Republican Party in Texas grew from voters alienated by that change, said Armey.


Armey spent some time detailing his personal connections with Grayson County. His father’s best friend, said Armey, came from Denison. "I can’t remember a time when I didn’t relate to Denison, Texas," said Armey, to applause from the audience.


The former Representative also has Sherman connections. Armey spent four years living in Sherman teaching Economics at Austin College. "It was only later, after being elected as a Republican and returning to Austin College, I discovered how… liberal they are," Armey joked. "They’re all a bunch of fruitcakes."


The central message of the speech, and the evening in general, was conservative values. "What I need for my family is a reliable, constitutionally limited, small government conservative, somebody who understands the miracle and the genius of our constitution," Armey said to a very appreciative crowd.


The evening focused on "keeping Texas red." Chairman Munisteri, who offered the evening’s opening remarks, said that the Democratic Party has its eye on the Lone Star State. The names of State Senator Wendy Davis and presumed presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were frequently mentioned, occasionally drawing audible shudders from the crowd.


Armey warned that the fight for control of Texas may be a difficult one. He warned against potential fraud, calling early voting "the Democrats’ latest trick in voter fraud."


The advice he gave to the local Republicans looking toward tough fights from Davis and Clinton: "You’ve got to get the vote out in these rural areas. And I don’t think we’ve been recognizing that. You’ve got to get a heroic turnout in Grayson County, and Denton County, and Collin County voters."