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TX Speaker Joe Straus and His Less Than Excellent Adventure in Fort Worth

The Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, was not a popular man with delegates attending last week’s Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth. The meeting rooms and the main arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center were full of delegates wearing “Oust Straus” stickers. Clearly, a lot of animosity remains for the man who rose to Speaker when “the gang of eleven” rebelled against former Speaker Craddick to cut a dirty deal with Democrats. This was of course, before the 2010 election rocketed the Republicans to super majority status.

Listen to delegates (at 0:18) as they chant against Straus:

Straus is widely described as a moderate and Texans seem to be crying out for the conservative Speaker that a 101 – 49 margin should deliver. Yet, Straus is still Speaker. For now.

Enter Texas House member Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola

Representative Bryan Hughes played a key roll in defunding Planned Parenthood in the last legislative session. Now, he wants Straus’ job. I spoke with Hughes in his booth in the exhibit area of the convention, and by luck was later seated for lunch with him. He seems to be salt of the earth conservative and deadly serious in his resolve to defeat Straus.

Hey Joe, where you gonna go, with that gavel in your hand?

On Saturday, the last day of the convention, the bad news continued for Straus. The powers that be were arguing for Straus to be considered as a statewide candidate and join the other Texas statewide candidates as an at large delegate to the National GOP Convention in Tampa. On the national nominating committee sat long term activist Kathy Haigler. Not so fast, says she. The Speaker is not a statewide candidate and his spot should go to a grassroots activist. Her amendment passed the nominating committee, removing the sitting Speaker of Texas from the delegates list. That’s gonna leave a mark.

I have not much sympathy to offer Speaker Straus but I do have a little advice. Buckle up sir, you are in for bumpy ride all the way through to the next session. You can make book on it.

texasgalt
Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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  1. I hope he goes this time.  If TX can’t get a conservative speaker, it gives me no hope that we’ll ever get rid of Boehner and the rest of the lightweight, go-along-to-get-along, Rs just like him.

    • He lost three of Committee Chairs in the primary and this time, there are no pledge cards holding people in line.  Just guessing, maybe a 20% chance Straus is dumped.  The other Reps are playing it close to the vest for now, not wanting to be a target this early.  I doubt this heats up until after Thanksgiving.

  2. Just to be clear, Kathy Haigler’s objection was not to Straus peronally, but to the Speaker who is not a statewide candidate being included as a statewide elected official. Any member of the committee could have nominated him for At-Large delegate or alternate, and Haigler said she would vote for him if someone did. But nobody nominated Straus.

  1. I hope he goes this time.  If TX can’t get a conservative speaker, it gives me no hope that we’ll ever get rid of Boehner and the rest of the lightweight, go-along-to-get-along, Rs just like him.

    • He lost three of Committee Chairs in the primary and this time, there are no pledge cards holding people in line.  Just guessing, maybe a 20% chance Straus is dumped.  The other Reps are playing it close to the vest for now, not wanting to be a target this early.  I doubt this heats up until after Thanksgiving.

  2. Just to be clear, Kathy Haigler’s objection was not to Straus peronally, but to the Speaker who is not a statewide candidate being included as a statewide elected official. Any member of the committee could have nominated him for At-Large delegate or alternate, and Haigler said she would vote for him if someone did. But nobody nominated Straus.

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