The drumbeat from grassroots conservatives across Texas is deafening (see links below). We can now add Chuck Norris to the list of voters asking for a new Speaker - one elected from among the Republican caucus.
How each elected state representative votes in the Speaker's election will have repercussions in this session and beyond. A vote for Joe Straus may provide some perks during this session, but a pro-Straus vote will undoubtedly provoke conservatives in Republican districts. Such a vote could potentially attract a Republican primary opponent in 2012. At the very least, those supporting Straus will feel the wrath of their constituents.
GOP Caucus Chair Larry Taylor has scheduled the GOP Caucus for Monday, January 10, one day before the 82nd Legislature convenes. As a fellow activist, now is the time to contact your own state representative and find out how he or she intends to vote. The formal vote for Speaker is traditionally a unanimous vote, but that custom will be sorely tested on Tuesday when the Members gather to elect their next leader. Voters are paying close attention, and many plan to attend the opening session in person to watch the proceedings. For those of you unable to travel to Austin, you can watch the vote at this link: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/MnuHouse.aspx.
LISTED BELOW ARE LINKS TO OFFICIAL STATEMENTS, MESSAGES AND OPEN LETTERS BY INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO JOE STRAUS, SUPPORT FOR AN ALTERNATE CANDIDATE OR SUPPORT FOR A REPUBLICAN CAUCUS:
Conservative Policy Organizations and Activists (CLICK to Open)
Resolutions (CLICK to Open):
"In spite of being such a pro-gun state overall, the current Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, has impeded getting pro-Second Amendment legislation passed."
"[Reform] is unlikely if Rep. Joe Straus continues in his role as Speaker."
"Clearly, Joe Strauss is NOT pro-life,"
Letters and Statements of Texas Legislators (CLICK to Open):