After four days, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has finally responded to the substance of the information I shared about a meeting in his Capitol office.

His first response to our public report was a deceitful and rambling email to Republican lawmakers Friday evening. Many noted his non-comment on the central issue of my article regarding the offer he made to me and Empower Texans. Simply: If we would withhold criticism of the legislative session, withhold political attacks on some members, and—most notably—use our resources against a list of Republicans he had GOP Caucus Chairman Dustin Burrows provide, Bonnen would grant media credentials to Texas Scorecard‘s reporters.

In a press statement today, Bonnen asserted: “At no point in our conversation was Sullivan provided with a list of target Members.”

Because Bonnen now claims Chairman Burrows was in the meeting as a “witness,” these three questions should be put to him:

  1. Does he stand by Bonnen’s misrepresentation of the meeting and its substance?
  2. Did Speaker Bonnen not in the meeting say “he’ll show you the list…”?
  3. Then did Bonnen not leave the room and did Burrows not read a list of Republican targets the two of them hoped Empower Texans’ political action committee would “fund” against?
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."