Two more counties have joined in support of the Orange County GOP’s censure of Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan of Beaumont.
Orange County censured Phelan in July for appointing Democrats to committee chairs in the House, despite the Texas GOP specifically urging against the practice in their legislative priorities. They also condemned Phelan for his role in killing border security legislation, as well as his work against passing school choice.
The Travis County resolution notes Phelan’s role in leading the impeachment against Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as all the reasons highlighted by the Orange County GOP.
Travis County GOP has requested that the State Republican Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Texas concur in the Resolution of Censure adopted by the Orange County GOP and impose upon Phelan all penalties provided in Rule 44 of the RPT rules.
“Last night the Travis County GOP executive committee overwhelmingly passed a resolution of support of the censure resolution passed by the Orange County GOP,” Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak told Texas Scorecard. “We hope the SREC will seriously consider the intense concerns the grassroots have about the Texas House empowering Democrats and killing conservative legislation.”
The Smith County GOP resolution focused on Phelan’s appointment of nine Democrats to committee chairmanships and how their actions reflected on House leadership.
Phelan appointed Democrat State Reps. Oscar Longoria (Mission), Abel Herrero (Robstown), Victoria Neave (Dallas), Joe Moody (El Paso), Harold V. Dutton (Houston), Tracy King (Uvalde), R.D. “Bobby” Guerra (Mission), Terry Canales (Edinburg), and Senfronia Thompson (Houston) to various committees where key legislation went to die.
Several of these Democrats filed measures or resolutions that violate RPT principles such as traditional families led by a father and mother, freedom to bear arms, and principled leadership.
Phelan has also been censured by the Ellis County GOP and the Liberty County GOP, while the Tarrant County GOP, Harris County GOP, and Dallas County GOP have passed resolutions in support of the Orange County censure.
If the resolution is concurred by the Republican Party of Texas, it would prevent the party from spending funds on Phelan’s re-election effort and would allow money to be spent educating voters on the censure.