Precinct 991 Precinct Chair Cameron Campbell is one of 60+ precinct chairs who signed a document to admonish Harris County DA Kim Ogg.
Precinct Chair Cameron Campbell admonishes DA Kim Ogg.
In a recent episode of “Politics and Right,” Democratic Precinct Chair Cameron Campbell articulated his disapproval of District Attorney Kim Ogg‘s conduct in office, signaling a widening rift within the Democratic party in Harris County and the DINO district attorney. Campbell’s criticisms are multifaceted, but they share a common theme: a perception that Ogg is not fulfilling her role in an even-handed and impartial manner, a flaw Campbell argues undermines both the rule of law and the unity of the Democratic Party.
In this video clip:
- Cameron Campbell, a Democratic Precinct Chair in Harris County, expresses dissatisfaction with District Attorney Kim Ogg for a series of actions he views as unfair and divisive.
- Campbell points out Kim Ogg’s public dispute with Judge Hidalgo, arguing that this shows she’s not a “good teammate” and that public officials should resolve their differences privately rather than in the media.
- A significant point of contention for Campbell is the DA’s handling of the case against Hervis Rogers, a 60-year-old man with a criminal background who faced charges for voting. Campbell sees this as an intimidation tactic to discourage voting, especially among people of color.
- Campbell also criticizes Ogg for her involvement in promoting manufactured voter fraud claims, which he finds personal as a former election judge dedicated to ensuring fair elections.
- He concludes that Kim Ogg is not truly aligned with Democratic values or the unified spirit of the Houston community, calling for her to either openly switch to the Republican Party or face removal in the next election.
Campbell cites Ogg’s public dispute with Judge Hidalgo as an example of her lack of team spirit. He emphasizes the importance of unity within any organization, analogizing public office to a sports team. On a team, disputes are best resolved internally, without airing grievances in public—something Ogg failed to do. Public disputes among party members not only expose rifts but also distract from the larger goals of justice and governance. It’s worth noting that the Democratic Party has often been criticized for lacking unity.
The most poignant critique concerns Ogg’s prosecution of Hervis Rogers, a 60-year-old man who faced criminal charges for voting. Rogers, who stood in line for six hours to vote, was charged in a more conservative county, even though he voted in Harris County. Campbell sees this move as a direct intimidation tactic aimed at suppressing the votes of already marginalized communities. Voting rights have been a cornerstone issue for progressives and Democrats. In a time where voter suppression laws are being introduced in various states, Ogg’s actions are a deviation from what is expected from a Democratic DA, and they signal to the public that the voting rights battle isn’t just across party lines but sometimes within.
Campbell objects to Ogg’s promotion of baseless voter fraud claims, likening his role as an election judge to a referee in a sports game. His argument is not just that Ogg is wrong on the facts, which have been extensively documented, but that she is fundamentally betraying the role of an election official, which is to ensure a fair and honest election for all.
Campbell argues that Ogg’s actions do not reflect the Democratic values or the community spirit of Houston. In a city celebrated for its diversity and unity, especially in times of crisis like Hurricane Harvey, divisive tactics have no place. Campbell calls for Ogg to either align with the party’s values or step aside, a sentiment that speaks to larger frustrations within the Democratic party about members who are seen as insufficiently committed to its goals.
Cameron Campbell’s critiques of DA Kim Ogg touch on key concerns for the Democratic Party: the importance of internal unity, the commitment to voting rights, the necessity of basing governance on facts and fairness, and the need for alignment with party values. Ogg’s actions have drawn the ire not just because they violate these principles but because they do so at a time when the party—and the country—can least afford it.