Following a meeting with Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan in which Speaker Dennis Bonnen insulted members of the House and offered press credentials in exchange for political targeting of specific Republican legislators, Bonnen sent a partial apology to Texas House members on Tuesday. Bonnen apologized for saying “terrible things” about his colleagues in the meeting but did not address his lies or his quid pro quo offer.

Shortly after, several Republican members, in a seemingly synchronized fashion, were quick to take to Twitter to accept the “apology” and urge members to move on.

Among those members are Republican State Reps. Jeff Leach (Allen), Craig Goldman (Fort Worth), Scott Sanford (McKinney), Matt Shaheen (Plano), Mayes Middleton (Wallisville), and others. 

Grassroots citizens watching the events unfold, however, have not had the same reaction. Many have responded, holding lawmakers accountable on social media.

Following Mike Openshaw’s comment, Leach attacked the Collin County grassroots leader, seemingly accusing him of being a habitual liar. That tweet has since been deleted.

At the time of publication, none of these members had taken up offers to listen to the recorded audio of the meeting. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens