PoliTex: Texas Republicans working on platform process

Texas Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler
Texas Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler Courtesy

Texas Republicans are looking ahead.

Already, the Texas GOP is starting to look at its platform process, which produced priorities last year such as securing the border, avoiding amnesty, supporting the open carry of handguns and promoting “reparative therapy” to turn gay Texans away from their “homosexual lifestyle.”

New GOP Chairman Tom Mechler has formed a Platform Process Review committee, which will review the structure of future platforms — and the way they will be approved during the party’s state convention.

“As I travel across the state, I have heard a consistent message from the grassroots: they are dissatisfied with the platform process at the convention and with the length of the current document,” Mechler said. “I have formed this committee to answer this important question: How can we work to strengthen our platform and improve the process?”

New curator

The Kimbell Art Museum’s curator of European art, C.D. Dickerson III, has been named the National Gallery of Art’s new curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts beginning July 27.

At the National Gallery, Dickerson will oversee a collection of over 3,500 works of European and American sculpture, decorative arts, and medals, as well as an exhibition program, said Earl A. Powell III, director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, who made the announcement earlier this month.

“We look forward to welcoming C.D. back to the Gallery, where he was a graduate curatorial intern in 2004-2005 and an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at our Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts — CASVA — in 2014,” Powell said. “He has a great familiarity with our collection and brings fresh insights to exhibitions, acquisitions and presentation of the art.”

Dickerson became the Kimbell’s curator of European art in 2009; he began as associate curator in 2007.

While at the Kimbell he co-curated and contributed to catalogs for Bernini: Sculpting in Clay in 2012‒2013, From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern in 2010‒2011, and A Nativity from Naples: Presepe Sculpture of the Eighteenth Century in 2008‒2009. From 2006 to 2007, he was assistant curator of Renaissance and baroque art at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

Real estate dreams

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, visited some prime real estate last week as part of his presidential campaign outreach, even if it meant missing some votes.

Thursday he was at a fundraiser at former Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks’ palatial North Dallas estate. It’s for sale, The Dallas Morning News said in March, for $100 million, reduced from $135 million for the 10-bedroom, nine-full bath, five-dining area, single-family residence on 25 acres with a seven- car garage.

Monday, Cruz was very Manhattan chic, at an intimate dinner at a penthouse on Central Park.

“The dinner and ‘fireside chat’ for about a dozen people with Mr. Cruz and his wife, Heidi, was at the Central Park South penthouse of Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, longtime business partners who were once a couple and who have been pioneers in the gay hospitality industry,” reported the New York Times.

Cruz, who is anti-gay marriage, softened his image with the meeting but then introduced two bills protecting states that prohibit gay marriage.

Cruz missed a vote Monday to confirm George C. Hanks Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. Thursday he left D.C. before the confirmation vote of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch to be attorney general.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

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