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Texas Speaker of House, Joe Straus, Threatens State House Reps: Bryan Hughes withdraws support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bryan Hughes, Dist 5
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

CAPITOL OFFICE
1400 CONGRESS AVENUE
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701
512/463-0271
FAX: 512/463-1515

DISTRICT OFFICE
102 WEST HOUSTON
MARSHALL, TEXAS 75670
903/935-1141
FAX: 903/935-1142

STATE OF TEXAS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DIST 5
BRYAN HUGHES