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Rep. Bryan Hughes Withdraws Support for Speaker Straus
by Michael Kinzie - Updated November 27, 2010

Rep. Bryan Hughes Withdraws Support for Speaker Straus
Rep. Bryan Hughes

Texas House Representative, Bryan Hughes (R) from Mineola, Texas in Wood County issued a press release on November 10th, 2010 formally withdrawing his support of Joe Straus in his bid to be re-elected as Speaker of the House. In the Hughes release are disturbing accusations that the Straus team plans to use redistricting as leverage to gain support in his bid for the Speakership. A hearing of the Ethics Committee is scheduled for November 23th regarding the allegations contained in the press release. Rep. Chuck Hopson, who chairs the ethics panel investigating the allegations against Straus, just happens to have received $42K from Straus in campaign donations. I don’t know about you, but I have a little problem with the “ethics” here. Below is the entire press release by Rep. Bryan Hughes.

Update: The Straus Lieutenant who contacted Bryan Hughes has now been identified as Rep. Larry Phillips who also sits on the "ETHICS" Committee.

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November 10, 2010 903-569-8880

REP. BRYAN HUGHES WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FOR SPEAKER STRAUS Today after much prayer and counsel, I formally withdraw my support for Speaker Joe Straus. I do this with no malice toward the Speaker or any other member.

Over the past several days I have heard from an increasing number of my constituents and supporters. Their unanimous voice has called for me to withdraw my support of Speaker Straus. My decision, though not a light one, was made clearer after a phone call I received over the weekend from a member of Speaker Straus’s leadership team. 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’s list of supporters.

More specifically, this member told me that maps were already being drawn to get rid of Representative-Elect Erwin Cain (R-Sulphur Springs) and Representative 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. This conversation first saddened and then disgusted me. Using the redistricting process for retribution reminds us of all that is wrong with politics.

The Speaker's race should be decided not based on threats of punishment and not on promises of power, but on principle. The people of Texas have chosen us to speak for them. As we prepare to cast our first vote on their behalf, we should lay aside our ambition for powerful committees, stand against the threats, and support the Speaker candidate who best represents our conservative principles.

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