Ethics Complaints In The Texas Speaker’s Race

November 24, 2010 1:11 am 2 comments

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Bob Price

Mr. Hughes sent a message to the Speaker directly, revealing the name only to him.  The name, which remained secret until today, was allegedly that of Republican Texas State Representative Larry Phillips of Sherman, Texas.

The name was revealed today at a hearing of the House General Investigating and Ethics Committee.  Mr. Phillips is the vice chairman of that committee and allegedly had to step down for the purposes of this particular hearing.  The hearing was chaired by Rep. Chuck Hopson (R-Jacksonville). reported yesterday that Chairman Hopson and Rep. Phillips both received substantial donations to their campaigns despite the fact that neither was facing a serious challenger and both won their elections by very wide margins.

Mr. Hughes related the following in a story by the Houston Chronicle today.

Rep. Bryan Hughes

Tx Rep Bryan Hughes

“This member brought up the subject of redistricting and explained to me how that process would be used to punish those

members not on Speaker Straus’ list of supporters,” Hughes said at the time. “More specifically, this member told me that maps were already being drawn to get rid of Representative-Elect Erwin Cain, R-Sulphur Springs and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, because they were not on the Speaker’s list of supporters. I was then told that I had nothing to worry about in redistricting, so long as I stayed on the Speaker’s list.”

Mr. Hughes has agreed to do an interview with me tomorrow morning. I will bring you updated information at that time.

Ten members of the Republican State House Caucus are needed to call a Caucus hearing to pick the new speaker.  Contact your rep and demand a Caucus meeting to pick the new speaker.  Whoever the new speaker of the Texas House is, he or she should be selected by the Republican Caucus and not by a “coalition government”.  We elected 99 Republican reps for a reason!

Speaker Straus has been asked to provide an interview with TexasGOPVote to tell his side of the story.  To date there has been no response from the Speaker’s office.


  • Hello thanks for this not good post. But I still dont understand the second part though! – Bosal exhaust

  • I am not sure what part you do not understand. But one thing is clear to all of us Conservatives and that is that Joe Straus is not Conservative Republican. More of the Lefts agenda was past with him than with a Democrat Speaker. But our elected Reps feel obligated to support him because it seems he paid for there support by helping them win there races… I guess “We the People” had nothing to so with Conservatives winning 99 House seats..

    This whole things stinks and they better pass lots of our agenda or I am many others will work to defeat them in the primaries…

    If they where truly there to represent us they would..But it seems we the people are just a tool for them..

    So let the games begin..

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