Even though he had been Republican chair for eight years and run four primaries, apparently former chair Albert Ellison couldn't get it right.
He filled out his application, dated it and had it notarized. Since applications for a place on the ballot are accepted by county chairs, he then accepted his own application. But he did so two days before legally being allowed to do so.
As a result, according to the Stateman, Ellison was deemed ineligible to run by the Texas Secretary of State's office. The article goes on to point out that he cost Texas taxpayers more than $10,000. "Destroying and reprinting the 20,000 Republican party ballots will cost the county’s election office at least $12,400, which will be reimbursed by the state, said Bridgette Escobedo, county elections administrator", the article explains.
He told people Raley could agree to keep him on the ballot. Apparently, he also didn't know that a county chair doesn't have the authority to waive Texas law.
In this same article, Ellison called Raley and two precinct chair candidates "divisive leadership". He started calling names before the election had taken place or one meeting had been held.
It doesn't matter how successful Chair Raley is, Ellison wants her out. And, he's willing to sow the seeds of discord, engage in negative attack politics, and assassinate her character to do so.
(Warning if you follow the link: the language is shocking.)