After staying out of the public eye for a month, State Rep. Dustin Burrows last week began speaking about his role in the June meeting that has focused a light on the unethical actions of House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. Unfortunately, the Lubbock Republican has chosen to follow Bonnen down a path of lies.

Speaking on a Lubbock radio show last week, Burrows claimed the June 12 meeting was about a singular message: “We hope you don’t go after any Republicans.”

That stands in direct contrast to the actual words spoken by Speaker Bonnen during the meeting:

“And let’s go after these Republicans that – and I’m not kidding when it comes to 2020, if we’re successful and we gain maybe one or two or three Republican seats, we beat some of these liberal pieces of s—t, and we maybe flip a couple of these primaries, better Rs, kick my ass if we’re not doing a better job.”

This, of course, stands in stark contrast to the public position Burrows and Bonnen took. Burrows had pushed a rule in the House Republican Caucus forbidding any member from working against a fellow Republican incumbent. For his part, Bonnen publicly said he would punish any lawmaker next session of either party who campaigned against an incumbent.

The House Republican Caucus will be meeting in the next several weeks to elect a new vice chairman.

Why is Dustin Burrows digging a deeper hole for himself by lying about the meeting?

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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