The Republican Party of Orange County—largest county in Speaker Dade Phelan’s district—has officially censured him, citing several violations of the party’s principles.
Most notably, the resolution—passed on a 14-6 vote of precinct chairs—takes aim at his appointment of Democrats to committee chairs in the House, despite the Texas GOP specifically urging against the practice in their legislative priorities.
Additionally, the censure resolution condemns Phelan for his role in killing border security legislation as well as his work against passing school choice.
Precinct chairs attempted to pass the resolution last month, but they were blocked from doing so at the time by County Chairman Leo LaBauve.
If the resolution is concurred by the Republican Party of Texas, it would prevent the party from spending funds in Phelan’s re-election effort. Candidates have already begun announcing campaigns against Phelan, including former Orange County Republican Chairman David Covey.
Recent polling has also revealed Phelan’s popularity has plummeted in his district following the most recent legislative session.
The Texas Republican primary will be held March 5, 2024.