Is Tx. State Rep. Phil King a Friend or Foe of his Constituents? Updated with Response from Rep. Phil King~
As of now State Rep. Phil King (R) Weatherford is looking more and more like an establishment insider who is being given the good old boy treatment by Joe Straus.
Updated with Response from Phil King on the below Post. Thank you Rep. King for your response and clarification.
” This is my military weekend so I just have a minute. Bottom line, is the TRRCC PAC that was set up to support all House Republican Caucus members. The Haley article mischaracterized it. Haley has never spoken to me. Nor have I ever talked to anyone with the Speakers office about the TRRCC PAC. The PAC was formed to raise money for incumbent R House members who are challenged in a General election. If there are sufficient funds it can help in open seat races, as well. It does not fund candidates in Primary races, only General elections. The board of the PAC – R House members – vote on the fund distribution. No one in the Speakers office determines distributions. The PAC board decides.
There is nothing nefarious about this. I am truly, truly baffled by all the controversy. Two years ago I did this same thing under the GOPAC-TX banner. I was chair of that PAC. Other House members were on that board. In fact, we almost merged GOPAC-TX with the TRRCC PAC in 2010 because they were doing the same thing. Harvey Hilderbran formed the TRRCC PAC that year. We had serious discussions
about merging the boards at that time. GOPAC no longer has a state PAC.”
Please understand what the TRRCC is, it is a PAC that is used to keep Republicans in Office, that is what it is billed as. The challenge is, just like at the National Level it is used to keep incumbents in office and does not allow Grassroots candidates to have a chance because the money behind the incumbents is so large. That is why the Pledge Card system was so corrupt.
This is not about Phil King, this is about Corruption in Texas politics. Please click on photo of the capital on the invitation below to a TRRCC event and see the kind of money that is raised against grassroots candidates.
THE HONORABLE HARVEY HILDERBRAN, CHAIRMAN
THE HONORABLE LARRY PHILLIPS, VICE-CHAIRMAN
THE HONORABLE BILL CALLEGARI
THE HONORABLE MYRA CROWNOVER
THE HONORABLE JIM KEFFER
THE HONORABLE LOIS KOLKHORST
THE HONORABLE WAYNE SMITH
WITH THE HONORABLE JOE STRAUS,
SPEAKER OF THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Please contact at least 5 others and get them to contact Rep. King. The details are below.
Rep. King, Phil
District 61 Capitol Address:
Room CAP 1N.7, Capitol
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-1957 Fax
2110 Fort Worth Hwy.
Weatherford, TX 76086
(817) 596-8375 Fax
September 27, 2012
Phil King Joins High-Ranking Straus Lieutenants as Finance Committee Member
on Fundraiser Invite in Development that Will Spark Speculation on Conversion
By Mike Hailey
Capitol Inside Editor
“A veteran state lawmaker who’s been one of Speaker Joe Straus’ most prominent opponents has signed on as an official for a political action committee that’s holding a fundraiser next week with the Texas House’s top leader as the featured guest.
State Rep. Phil King – a Weatherford Republican who’d been widely regarded as a major force behind a mutiny that Straus survived last year – is listed along with three of the speaker’s closest allies as members of the finance committee on the invitation for the Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Committee reception that’s set for Wednesday in Houston.
While the names of 13 House Republicans appear at the top of the TRRCC fundraiser invitation, all of them with the exception of King have been loyal Straus supporters since conservatives sought without success to oust him from the leadership position when he won a second term as speaker in early 2011.
For the rest of the article go here~ http://www.capitolinside.com/
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WOW~ Texas Speaker Joe Straus makes even David Dewhurst look conservative. Maybe that is why Grassroots/Tea Party folks are wanting to replace Joe Straus as Speaker of the Texas House! Here is a video that might explain why people are voicing their opinion to their local State Rep.’s who will be voting on who the Speaker will be and saying it is time for a #SpeakerShowdown in January.
TEXAS HOUSE PLEDGE CARDS VIOLATION OF SECTION 302.032
Sec. 302.032. LEGISLATIVE BRIBERY: PROMISES OR THREATS. A person commits an offense if, with the intent to influence a member of or candidate for the house of representatives in casting a vote for speaker of the house of representatives, the person:(1) promises or agrees to cause:(A) the appointment of a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B) the appointment of a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C) preferential treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D) the employment of a person; or(E) economic benefit to a person; or(2) threatens to cause:(A) the failure to appoint a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B) the failure to appoint a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C) unfavorable treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D) the refusal of or removal from employment of a person; or(E) the withholding of economic benefit from a person.
Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 479, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.
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