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Ralph Sheffield says Straus “punished a lot of people” (Video)


By Weston Hicks The Agenda Wise Team! 

Speaker Joe Straus

Speaker Straus wants to be perceived as a leader who forgets his agenda in favor of supreme fairness. He needs this image since he is from an industry, gambling, that requires legislation to expand.

In the end, he’d like to see VLTs (the non-”slot machine” word for slot machines) legalized at racetracks without anyone noticing that Joe Straus (Racetrack industry) was Speaker of the House when it happened.

So, we get a speaker who projects sweetness and fairness, sanitized to the point of sterility. He needs us to perceive him as so committed to moderating fairly that he has no time or inclination to push a personal agenda.

Straus loyalist Ralph Sheffield didn’t help his Speaker’s cause at a meeting with a tea party in his district during the summer.

First, Sheffield pledged his undying support to Straus ad nauseum. Among other things he said, “Yes, I’ll pledge Speaker Straus. I did that again… He’s my leader and I trust him as a leader.”

Later, he let slip that Speaker Straus used his position to punish political opponents. Sheffield said, “For him (Speaker Straus) to have to oversee 150 house members, he punished a lot of them. And I mean by punished I mean the fact that, not just a couple of Rs but also some Ds.”

RIP the Rino

Sheffield appeared to want a take-back as soon as the words “he punished a lot of them” passed his lips. Seemingly making up for outing Straus has a man of vendetta, Sheffield nervously shuffled to a story about how speaker Straus helped David Simpson with his anti-groping bill even though Simpson voted against speaker Straus in the speaker race.

Besides making no sense as an example of how Straus punished people, this is false. Straus did not help Simpson’s anti-groping bill. In his speech after the anti-groping bill was killed by parliamentary tricks Simpson explicitly said leadership killed this bill. Straus did punish Simpson. 

 

 

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Weston Hicks

Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and three children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at whicks@agendawise.com.
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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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