You asked about Straus.
Straus was elected Speaker in 2009 by 11 Republicans and 65 Democrats. He promptly gave half the committee chairs to Democrats.
He opposed a bill that would have banned gay adoption.
He killed the TSA bill last session in retaliation for the author David Simpson’s opposition to him.
He owns a huge racing park outside of San Antonio and will push to legalize gambling next session.
His wife was on the board of Planned Parenthood.
Straus has hinted several times that he believes opposing abortion shouldn’t be on the republican platform.
Most important, Straus holds power by running moderates against conservatives in the primaries. Most of his opponents found themselves primary’d this time around - fortunately most won.
The only reason this election wasn’t as bad as it was for conservatives was because 1. Straus had a primary opponent, and 2. there were 50 opens seats and Straus and his cohorts couldn’t focus on just a few seats. This means that they could only give 50-100k to key races instead of 3-500k.
Straus needs to go. He’s anti-conservative and only nominally Republican.
If the nominations lady did what was said, that was wrong and it should have been caught by the whole committee. Having said that, I love the irony of it. This is exactly the kind of game Straus would play and it’s sweet to see him bit by his own tactics.
posted on 06/09/2012 9:52:33 PM PDT
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Ziravan.....Now your post really explains it all....thanks so much for taking the time to educate me on what has been going on in my own back yard. Seriously.....thanks a bunch.
If 10% of what you say is true, then my vote goes with the ‘nominations lady’. Case closed!
posted on 06/10/2012 1:57:57 PM PDT
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Everything you said about Straus is accurate. However there is a mischaracterization about the woman who moved to reject Straus. I served on that committee with her and know exactly what happened. She did NOT make herself a delegate in place of Straus. All committee members, under the rules, had the right to name themselves a delegate to Tampa. That happened early in the proceedings and the controversy over Straus was much later. There was no connection between the two actions.
We have a tradition that some member will move to make all our ‘statewide’ office holders delegates. Joe Straus technically does not meet that criteria because he is not elected statewide. But the Speaker in Texas is very powerful. Texas government is often described as a Triumvirate because the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker hold roughly equal Constitutional powers. Not much gets done unless they all agree.
All three officeholders are very controversial figures among the grass roots of the Texas Party—meaning the 8,000 plus delegates in attendance. Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst had little support there and it is unlikely any report our committee forwarded to the floor with their names on it would have been approved. Dewhurst had the sense to tell us he did not want to be named and Straus was rejected by the committee. The resulting list was approved without dissent.
The woman should not be criticized for her role in rejecting Straus. She was straight up and represented the views of her district and of the overwhelming majority of all delegates. I can and have criticized her for other things she did that day—and in the past—but she should be applauded for her stand regarding Straus.
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