Texas Speaker's Race - Pledge tradition must come to an end... TODAY!
by Bob Price on November 29, 2010 at 6:33 PM
A funny tradition has been uncovered in Texas in association with the race for Speaker of the House in the Texas Legislature. That tradition being the signing of a pledge of support to the outgoing speaker at the end of the prior session. This is a tradition that needs to stop, and it needs to stop TODAY!
Much was made about the evil practice of voting for bills before there is time to read them. Every day we are learning about things in the new ObamaCare bill that was clearly passed without being properly read and understood by those we elected to vote on these measures. We find the US Attorney General filing a lawsuit against the state of Arizona when he hadn't even bothered to read the 10 page bill he was "opposing".
But what we are doing in Texas is even worse. Members of the Legislature are committing to vote for a speaker before we even know who will be interested in running for Speaker. This is not like voting for a bill without reading it. This is like voting for it before it is even written!
Texans elected 99 Republicans to the Texas Legislature. This is an overwhelming majority. Clearly the electorate is seeking Conservative leadership in the Texas House. Conservative candidates like Ken Paxton have thrown their hat in the ring to become speaker and more may follow.
The next Speaker needs to be elected by the Republican Caucus of the State Legislature. Those 99 Republicans should have the opportunity to meet, debate and vote on who they want to lead them and their bills through the upcoming legislative session.
Speaker Straus should do the honorable thing here and release his pledge's and call for a caucus meeting. He would enter the caucus meeting much stronger for having done so.
The time for voting for bills without reading them has ended. So too should be the practice of pledging to a speaker before all the choices are known.
May God Bless Texas and the New Conservative Legislature!