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The Beginning~ Remember the Brave Texas 15 during the 2011 #SpeakerShowdown?

From the AgendaWise team.

 “In running for Speaker of the House last session, Ken Paxton gave a face to conviction conservatism in the House. In a caucus vote, thirty conviction conservatives stood when Straus, in bully fashion, asked his opposition to stand up. Thirty conservatives stood. Of those, half voted with the caucus on the floor of the House. In the end 15 conviction conservatives voted for Ken Paxton. It was modest, but only a fool despises the day of small beginnings. “ 

Small Beginnings indeed but the beginning it was. The beginning of not just information for Texas Conservatives but the beginning of revelations of how exactly back-room good old boy politics works down in Austin.  Do you remember the Texas 15? Grassroots Texans sure do. 

Women On the Wall Thanks the Brave Texas 15

What was the result of standing as true Conservative in the Texas House. Retribution was the consequence.  

“Then, the conservatives were systematically ridiculed and marginalized all session long. The crony crowd was determined to punish them for their attempt to win the House back for Texas voters.”

Now there is proof of the contempt for Conservatives and Grassroots activists. 

RedState has uncovered never-before-seen, profanity-laden e-mails between senior staff and legislative lieutenants of Texas’ liberal GOP House Speaker Joe Straus demonstrating disrespect for, and even hostility towards, grassroots activists and conservative lawmakers.” 

Tea party activists are called “idiots,” allies of U.S. Rep. Joe Barton are called “mother f***ers,” and decorated U.S. Marine and State Rep. Van Taylor is dismissed as “stupid,” by a top Straus political strategist.

Despite efforts by grassroots organizations, new media writers and others, most of the coordinated efforts against conservatives by Straus and his allies regarding Texas redistricting have been hidden from view. Speaker Straus has exerted various privileges and exemptions to keep the public from seeing emails or any other evidence of their activities. In fact, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has most or all the emails because of the re-districting litigation, but has not released them at the apparent request of his client, the Speaker.

However, in a batch of emails RedState has managed to get hold of (through other sources), it has become clear that Straus’ key strategists were openly hostile to conservatives. In particular, his top confidant Gordon Johnson (a Straus horseracing partner and former lobbyist) was clearly running the show — not the speaker’s chief of staff or other official office members. Read the rest of this article here.  

It could be that the inside political elite down in Austin down like when the people educate themselves on the issues and word to hold elected officials accountable like producing videos like what is seen below that exposes the Pledge Card system referred to in Erik Erikson’s Red State article. 

The problem was that legislators clearly knew supporting Joe Straus was politically dangerous leaving the 2011 legislative session and preparing for 2012’s elections. (As noted, record numbers of Straus allies lost re-election bids, while others — like Mr. Solomons — chose to retire rather than lose primaries.) As a result, House members refused to sign the traditional “pledge cards” to the incumbent speaker for the next session.

Similarly, when Straus adviser Eric Opiela forwarded along information from a Tea Party activist, Straus consultant and close friend Gordon Johnson wrote that they were “doing battle with idiots.”

It is looking more and more likely that Joe Straus Speaker of the Texas house will finally be held accountable. Conservatives have a candidate to run against him in January and as Erik Erikson says….

“In the next 72 hours, right after the election, members of the Texas House will have to begin considering who they will support for the speakership in 2013 — Mr. Straus, a self-described moderate dripping with disdain for conservatives, or the conservative Bryan Hughes.

These emails appear to me to be just the tip of the iceberg. Straus is a known liberal who was empowered predominantly by Democrats, and has held on to power through threats and intimidation. Conservatives in Texas have been fighting back; the question now is whether House Republicans in Texas will do what they have been elected to do… and stand up against Straus.

If you live in Texas, make sure your representative knows what to do.” 


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