Yesterday, 100 Republican Texas state representatives met in caucus. 70% apparently do not yet understand that the people of Texas whom they are supposed to represent want a conservative Speaker for the Texas House of Representatives.
In the course of visiting lawmakers’ offices, I encountered true representatives who did get the message that came out of the 2010 elections. Representatives Leo Berman, Erwin Cain, Cindy Burkett and Jodie Laubenberg listened to our collective voice. We can depend on them.
Tim Kleinschmidt represents District 17 covering Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and (part of) Brazos counties. His spokesman Eugene Seaman admitted Tim is “getting a lot of heat” from constituents over his undying support for Joe Straus. Eugene related how Tim thinks his commitment to Mr. Straus is more important than the will of his constituents.
“Where were these Republicans two years ago?” he asked. By implication, Mr. Seaman made the point that challenges by Leo Berman, Warren Chisum and Ken Paxton are not legitimate.
I explained to Eugene Seaman that we didn’t have a TEA Party movement two years ago. Thanks to the election of a president of dubious birthright that was sired and mentored by communists, a great, nationwide groundswell of grassroots activism arose to turn America around, to defeat liberal politicians that have been working contrary to the will of the American people.
Eugene further assured me that I will be pleased with the outcome of the 82nd Legislature. Will I, indeed? He tells me we will have Voter ID and the sonogram bill.
Really, Eugene? How will Tim vote on the gambling issues when that comes up? I see justification for Texas State Lottery Deux. Lawmakers promised way back then a bounty for Texas Education. How did that turn out, Mr. Kleinschmidt? Earnings from the Texas Lottery fund merely TEN DAYS of state education. But, isn’t gambling good for the economy? If yes, why is unemployment in Nevada just over 14%? Mississippi and Louisiana have casino gambling and the highest unemployment rate growth in the nation.
The left says we shouldn’t have a litmus test to determine candidate eligibility. I and hundreds of thousands of fellow Texans say otherwise. NARAL rates Joe Straus 100% on pro-abortion issues. Planned Parenthood lauds his contributions to the baby murder business – abortion.
How do conservative organizations compare Straus and Paxton on broad issues? Ken Paxton earns a sterling 97% conservative rating by the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). Conservative Heritage Alliance gives Mr. Straus only a 52% rating.
If Tim Kleinschmidt is representative of his fellow representatives who support Straus, despite opposition by their constituents, then we can expect business as usual. Straus and the Democrats will have their way. By the way, Straus is the choice of Democrats.
Grassroot voters – those are constituents, Mr. Kleinschmidt – across Texas worked hard for victory this session and we brought forth a new generation of true conservative Texans while keeping in office conservative legislators. Erwin Cain, David Simpson, Cindy Burkett, Jodie Laubenberg, Dan Flynn are in the conservative camp.
What’s a Texan to do? Call your Texas State Representative to express your demand for a conservative Speaker of the House and tell them it’s not Joe Straus.
At the conclusion of the Republican Caucus yesterday, Joe Straus was heard saying the TEA Party will go away. I have news for you, Joe Straus, we are here to stay. We are going to hold the 82nd Legislature accountable. We will not cave under your sneaky intimidation tactics. Your RINO lap dogs will here from us, too.
Kyleen Wright, Linda Harper Brown, Debra Medina, Lance Gooden, Larry Phillips and Doc Anderson may be in your camp, Mr. Straus, but now we know better who they are.
Borrowing a derogatory Army term, a legislator who fails to listen to his constituents is a “legislature of one”. The floor vote comes today. Contact – call – Texas State Representatives. Tell them you have not changed your minds.