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'''Cynthia Turner Brehm''', formerly known as '''Cindy Speer''' (born May 11, 1960), is the chairman of the Bexar County [[Republican Party]], based in [[San Antonio]], [[Texas]]. She was chosen by voters in the runoff election held on May 22, 2018, to succeed the interim chairman, [[Mark Dorazio]], who like Brehm is considered a staunch [[conservative]] in the party, which also has a considerable [[Moderate Republican]] wing associated with outgoing state House Speaker [[Joe Straus]] and [[U.S. Representative]] [[Will Hurd]] of Texas' 23rd congressional district.
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'''Cynthia Turner Brehm''', formerly known as '''Cindy Speer''' (born May 11, 1960), is the chairman of the Bexar County [[Republican Party]], based in [[San Antonio]], [[Texas]]. She was chosen by voters in the runoff election held on May 22, 2018, to succeed the interim chairman, [[Mark Dorazio]], who like Brehm is considered a staunch [[conservative]] in the party, which also has a considerable [[Moderate Republican]] wing associated with former state House [[Speaker]] [[Joe Straus]] and departing [[U.S. Representative]] [[Will Hurd]] of Texas' 23rd congressional district.
  
Dorazio was not a candidate for a full-term as Bexar County chairman in the March 6 primary but remains the Precinct 3091 chairman. Brehm, who lost a 2015 bid for [[mayor]] of San Antonio and a 2017 race for the District 8 seat on the city council, led the four-candidate field for county chairman.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://ballotpedia.org/Cynthia_Brehm|title=Cynthia Brehm|publisher=Ballotpedia.org|accessdate=January 22, 2018}}</ref> Other candidates in the March 6 primary were Dwight Parscale, who had lost the interim election to Dorazio, and finished the primary with 21 percent of the ballots cast. JoAnn Ponce Gonzalez (23 percent), a former agent with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms who carried considerable business support, entered the May 22 runoff with Brehm. Andres Holliday finished fourth with the remaining 11 percent of the vote.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/06/heres-how-five-most-interesting-local-texas-primaries-turned-out/|title=Here's how six of Texas' most interesting local primaries turned out: Bexar County Republican Party Chair|publisher=''The Texas Tribune''|author=Rishika Dugyala|date=March 7, 2018|accessdate=March `12, 2018}}</ref>  
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Dorazio was not a candidate for a full-term as Bexar County chairman in the March 6 primary but remained the Precinct 3091 chairman. Brehm, who lost a 2015 bid for [[mayor]] of San Antonio and a 2017 race for the District 8 seat on the city council, led the four-candidate field for county chairman.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://ballotpedia.org/Cynthia_Brehm|title=Cynthia Brehm|publisher=Ballotpedia.org|accessdate=January 22, 2018}}</ref> Other candidates in the March 6 primary were Dwight Parscale, who had lost the interim election to Dorazio, and finished the primary with 21 percent of the ballots cast. JoAnn Ponce Gonzalez (23 percent), a former agent with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms who carried considerable business support, entered the May 22 runoff with Brehm. Andres Holliday finished fourth with the remaining 11 percent of the vote.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/06/heres-how-five-most-interesting-local-texas-primaries-turned-out/|title=Here's how six of Texas' most interesting local primaries turned out: Bexar County Republican Party Chair|publisher=''The Texas Tribune''|author=Rishika Dugyala|date=March 7, 2018|accessdate=March `12, 2018}}</ref>  
  
 
A descendant of original settlers from the [[Canary Islands]] who were instrumental in the founding of San Antonio, Brehm defeated Ponce Gonzalez in the runoff contest with nearly 70 percent of the ballots cast.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.facebook.com/CynthiaBrehmTx/|title=Cynthia Brehm|publisher=[[Facebook]]|accessdate=May 24, 2018}}</ref><ref name=scandal>Gilbert Garcia, "GOP chair faces backlash over husband's scandal" (commentary), ''The San Antonio Express-News'', May 27, 2018, p. A2.</ref> As soon as she was elected chairman, it was reported that Brehm had refused to reveal details of her husband's reported sexual abuse minors. Norman Brehm is a retired military officer since employed by General Dynamics Corporation in [[Afghanistan]]. The two have lived apart for seven years. She resides in a $647,000 home in the wealthy Dominion neighborhood which they co-own. He can visit her only occasionally because of the distance between Texas and Afghanistan. Patty Gibbons, a past Brehm supporter and critic of Speaker Joe Straus, said that she is appalled to learn of Norman Brehm's indecency case and questions Cynthia Brehm for trying to keep the matter private. In an email on May 25, 2018, Brehm said that her husband "sadly got into [[pornography]] and did something absolutely stupid. He flashed my 14-year-old daughter." Norman Brehm escaped prosecution on an indecency charge because his case was forward after expiration of the [[statute of limitations]]. On May 13, 2009, the sentence for the indecency charge was set aside by the [[United States Army]] Court of Criminal Appeals.<ref name=scandal/> In July of 2018, the San Antonio Express News reported that this was not the Norman Brehm's first accusation of child sexual abuse. U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) looked into a series of allegations against him covering the period from 1983-88, including acts of sexual assault against children and exposing minors to pornography. The CID's investigation "established probable cause to believe LTC BREHM committed the offenses of Forcible Sodomy, Indecent Acts and Liberties with a Child, when on numerous occasions he forced (name redacted) to perform oral sodomy upon him, indecently assaulting (her) and exposing her to various forms of adult and child pornography."<ref>https://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Sexual-assault-allegations-surface-about-husband-13093070.php</ref> The Army court system ultimately found him guilty on charges of indecency with a child and making a false statement.  
 
A descendant of original settlers from the [[Canary Islands]] who were instrumental in the founding of San Antonio, Brehm defeated Ponce Gonzalez in the runoff contest with nearly 70 percent of the ballots cast.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.facebook.com/CynthiaBrehmTx/|title=Cynthia Brehm|publisher=[[Facebook]]|accessdate=May 24, 2018}}</ref><ref name=scandal>Gilbert Garcia, "GOP chair faces backlash over husband's scandal" (commentary), ''The San Antonio Express-News'', May 27, 2018, p. A2.</ref> As soon as she was elected chairman, it was reported that Brehm had refused to reveal details of her husband's reported sexual abuse minors. Norman Brehm is a retired military officer since employed by General Dynamics Corporation in [[Afghanistan]]. The two have lived apart for seven years. She resides in a $647,000 home in the wealthy Dominion neighborhood which they co-own. He can visit her only occasionally because of the distance between Texas and Afghanistan. Patty Gibbons, a past Brehm supporter and critic of Speaker Joe Straus, said that she is appalled to learn of Norman Brehm's indecency case and questions Cynthia Brehm for trying to keep the matter private. In an email on May 25, 2018, Brehm said that her husband "sadly got into [[pornography]] and did something absolutely stupid. He flashed my 14-year-old daughter." Norman Brehm escaped prosecution on an indecency charge because his case was forward after expiration of the [[statute of limitations]]. On May 13, 2009, the sentence for the indecency charge was set aside by the [[United States Army]] Court of Criminal Appeals.<ref name=scandal/> In July of 2018, the San Antonio Express News reported that this was not the Norman Brehm's first accusation of child sexual abuse. U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) looked into a series of allegations against him covering the period from 1983-88, including acts of sexual assault against children and exposing minors to pornography. The CID's investigation "established probable cause to believe LTC BREHM committed the offenses of Forcible Sodomy, Indecent Acts and Liberties with a Child, when on numerous occasions he forced (name redacted) to perform oral sodomy upon him, indecently assaulting (her) and exposing her to various forms of adult and child pornography."<ref>https://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Sexual-assault-allegations-surface-about-husband-13093070.php</ref> The Army court system ultimately found him guilty on charges of indecency with a child and making a false statement.  
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Tylden Shaeffer, the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Bexar County District Attorney in the November 6 [[general election]] against the Democrat Joe D. Gonzales, said that he is "extremely troubled" by the Brehm revelation and called upon her to  step down "today" as the party chairman. Gibbons said that she fears Brehm's presence in the campaign will alienated party donors and damage the campaigns of down-ballot Republicans in the fall.<ref name=scandal/> Brehm refused to resign as party chairman despite the questions raised.<ref>''[[Jack Riccardi|The Jack Riccardi Show]]'', May 29, 2018.</ref>
 
Tylden Shaeffer, the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Bexar County District Attorney in the November 6 [[general election]] against the Democrat Joe D. Gonzales, said that he is "extremely troubled" by the Brehm revelation and called upon her to  step down "today" as the party chairman. Gibbons said that she fears Brehm's presence in the campaign will alienated party donors and damage the campaigns of down-ballot Republicans in the fall.<ref name=scandal/> Brehm refused to resign as party chairman despite the questions raised.<ref>''[[Jack Riccardi|The Jack Riccardi Show]]'', May 29, 2018.</ref>
  
Six months into her tenure as party chairman, Brehm was jolted when the Democrats, including [[Beto O'Rourke]] in his challenged to [[U.S. Senator]] [[Ted Cruz]], and [[Lupe Valdez]] in her long-shot bid against [[Governor]] [[Greg Abbott]], swept Bexar County in the mid-term election held on November 6, 2018.  
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Six months into her tenure as party chairman, Brehm was jolted when the Democrats, including [[Beto O'Rourke]] in his challenge to [[U.S. Senator]] [[Ted Cruz]], and [[Lupe Valdez]] in her long-shot bid against [[Governor]] [[Greg Abbott]], swept Bexar County in the mid-term election held on November 6, 2018.
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Brehm is a candidate for a second term as chairman in the primary scheduled for March 3, 2020.
 
   
 
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 22:33, 16 February 2020

Cynthia Turner Brehm,
formerly known as Cindy Speer


Chairman of the Republican Party
for Bexar County, Texas
Incumbent
Assumed office 
June 11, 2018
Preceded by Mark Dorazio

Born May 11, 1960
Spouse(s) (1) Missing

(2) Norman Brehm
Daughter from first marriage:
Lauren Marue Brehm

Residence San Antonio, Texas
Occupation Businesswoman
Religion Christianity

Cynthia Turner Brehm, formerly known as Cindy Speer (born May 11, 1960), is the chairman of the Bexar County Republican Party, based in San Antonio, Texas. She was chosen by voters in the runoff election held on May 22, 2018, to succeed the interim chairman, Mark Dorazio, who like Brehm is considered a staunch conservative in the party, which also has a considerable Moderate Republican wing associated with former state House Speaker Joe Straus and departing U.S. Representative Will Hurd of Texas' 23rd congressional district.

Dorazio was not a candidate for a full-term as Bexar County chairman in the March 6 primary but remained the Precinct 3091 chairman. Brehm, who lost a 2015 bid for mayor of San Antonio and a 2017 race for the District 8 seat on the city council, led the four-candidate field for county chairman.[1] Other candidates in the March 6 primary were Dwight Parscale, who had lost the interim election to Dorazio, and finished the primary with 21 percent of the ballots cast. JoAnn Ponce Gonzalez (23 percent), a former agent with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms who carried considerable business support, entered the May 22 runoff with Brehm. Andres Holliday finished fourth with the remaining 11 percent of the vote.[2]

A descendant of original settlers from the Canary Islands who were instrumental in the founding of San Antonio, Brehm defeated Ponce Gonzalez in the runoff contest with nearly 70 percent of the ballots cast.[3][4] As soon as she was elected chairman, it was reported that Brehm had refused to reveal details of her husband's reported sexual abuse minors. Norman Brehm is a retired military officer since employed by General Dynamics Corporation in Afghanistan. The two have lived apart for seven years. She resides in a $647,000 home in the wealthy Dominion neighborhood which they co-own. He can visit her only occasionally because of the distance between Texas and Afghanistan. Patty Gibbons, a past Brehm supporter and critic of Speaker Joe Straus, said that she is appalled to learn of Norman Brehm's indecency case and questions Cynthia Brehm for trying to keep the matter private. In an email on May 25, 2018, Brehm said that her husband "sadly got into pornography and did something absolutely stupid. He flashed my 14-year-old daughter." Norman Brehm escaped prosecution on an indecency charge because his case was forward after expiration of the statute of limitations. On May 13, 2009, the sentence for the indecency charge was set aside by the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals.[4] In July of 2018, the San Antonio Express News reported that this was not the Norman Brehm's first accusation of child sexual abuse. U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) looked into a series of allegations against him covering the period from 1983-88, including acts of sexual assault against children and exposing minors to pornography. The CID's investigation "established probable cause to believe LTC BREHM committed the offenses of Forcible Sodomy, Indecent Acts and Liberties with a Child, when on numerous occasions he forced (name redacted) to perform oral sodomy upon him, indecently assaulting (her) and exposing her to various forms of adult and child pornography."[5] The Army court system ultimately found him guilty on charges of indecency with a child and making a false statement.

Tylden Shaeffer, the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Bexar County District Attorney in the November 6 general election against the Democrat Joe D. Gonzales, said that he is "extremely troubled" by the Brehm revelation and called upon her to step down "today" as the party chairman. Gibbons said that she fears Brehm's presence in the campaign will alienated party donors and damage the campaigns of down-ballot Republicans in the fall.[4] Brehm refused to resign as party chairman despite the questions raised.[6]

Six months into her tenure as party chairman, Brehm was jolted when the Democrats, including Beto O'Rourke in his challenge to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and Lupe Valdez in her long-shot bid against Governor Greg Abbott, swept Bexar County in the mid-term election held on November 6, 2018.

Brehm is a candidate for a second term as chairman in the primary scheduled for March 3, 2020.

References

  1. Cynthia Brehm. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on January 22, 2018.
  2. Rishika Dugyala (March 7, 2018). Here's how six of Texas' most interesting local primaries turned out: Bexar County Republican Party Chair. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved on March `12, 2018.
  3. Cynthia Brehm. Facebook. Retrieved on May 24, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gilbert Garcia, "GOP chair faces backlash over husband's scandal" (commentary), The San Antonio Express-News, May 27, 2018, p. A2.
  5. https://www.expressnews.com/news/news_columnists/gilbert_garcia/article/Sexual-assault-allegations-surface-about-husband-13093070.php
  6. The Jack Riccardi Show, May 29, 2018.