Another conservative organization is demanding House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) resign in light of the pair making a quid pro quo offer to target incumbent Republican lawmakers in exchange for media credentials.

Earlier this week, the board of the True Texas Project PAC, formerly known as the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party PAC, published a resolution calling for the “immediate resignation” of the pair, joining the Denton County and Montgomery County GOPs.

The calls for their resignations come on the heels of the shocking allegations that both elected officials made a quid pro quo offer to Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan, asking Sullivan to target certain Republicans in exchange for media credentials. Burrows resigned earlier this month as Republican Caucus Chair in the House but announced he does not intend to resign from his office as a state representative. Instead, he’s running for re-election.

Julie McCarty, the CEO of the True Texas Project, says he should resign.

“He’s proven himself unworthy of the public’s trust,” says McCarty.

“True Texas Project has put into writing what most grassroots activists have already voiced,” McCarty told Texas Scorecard. “The behavior of Bonnen and Burrows is unacceptable and unbefitting for any public office holder. How much more so for those in leadership positions! How can we condemn such behavior in Democrats and yet not Republicans?”

TTP’s resolution also states the “Republican Party of Texas should issue a public statement condemning the actions of Speaker Bonnen and [former] Chairman Burrows, address the gravity of the damage, and assure the public that the organization will not tolerate anything that compromises the conservative principles and standards we hold ourselves to.”

TTP’s resolution will also be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, state representatives who represent the Northeast Tarrant area, Texas GOP Chair James Dickey, Tarrant County GOP Chair Darl Easton, and the area’s representatives on the State Republican Executive Committee.

Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.


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