At the Republican convention in Fort Worth this weekend, we and our partners in the “Life, Liberty & Property” coalition hosted a straw poll – asking the thousands of delegates, alternates and attendees who they would select as the next speaker of the Texas House.
The choices were the two declared candidates – incumbent Joe Straus, challenger Scott Turner – or “other.”
State Rep. Scott Turner (R-Fisco)
|Joe Straus (incumbent)||6.6%|
|Scott Turner (challenger)||91.5%|
The race for Texas Speaker is now in full sprint. The finish line will be the first week of January – and it’s time for all good Texans to take action to make sure we have a conservative Speaker of the House.
Erick and Drew Ryun have written several posts detailing this fight. Joe Strauss is the incumbent Speaker, having risen to that post two years ago by garnering the overwhelming support of Democrats (65) as well as 11 weak-kneed Republicans. The result? Almost half of committee chairmanships to liberal Democrats and still others to those weak Republicans, causing a much larger percentage of Republican bills to be killed than Democrat bills, and abandonment of important measures like Voter ID.
But while it is obvious that Joe Straus should not be the Texas Speaker – it’s TEXAS, after all – why should it be Ken Paxton, and why should you care?
Ken should be Speaker because he’s a good man, he’s well liked and he’s a limited government conservative with a proven track record. You should care (whether you live in Texas or not) because if we are truly going to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, we must have competent, conservative leadership at the state and local level to promote federalism from the bottom up. Continue reading →
The purpose of this letter is to ask you to:
- Read my commentary below
- Scroll down to read the letter from my friend Michael Smith at Heritage Alliance about the Texas House Speaker’s race
- Read the attached letter signed by conservative leaders throughout Texas
- Contact your State Representative about choosing a conservative Speaker in the Texas House of Representatives -directions for doing so are listed below
It won’t be long until the Texas Legislature convenes in January.
As one who has moved to Austin to live there temporarily throughout the last seven legislative sessions in order to serve as a volunteer lobbyist for the conservative, pro-family organization, Texas Eagle Forum, I can tell you first hand that the very first, as well as the very most important, vote that will be taken this session will be the vote for Speaker of the House. Continue reading →