The Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee voted tonight in favor of joining the growing legion of county parties condemning Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

The county’s resolution was a vote of “No Confidence” in the speaker and with a few hundred precinct chairs in attendance, not one spoke or voted in opposition to the resolution.

Before Harris County joined the group, there were over 50 counties that had passed resolutions, accounting for about 52 State Reps.

This movement was spurred back in July when Straus’ home executive committee in Bexar County voted in favor of a change in leadership. Since then, county parties across the state have passed varying resolutions either calling for a new speaker, condemning his actions, or voting no confidence in his ability to lead the Texas House.

Frustration peaked after the special session further highlighted Straus’ attempts to thwart conservative legislation and grassroots-backed reforms.

Harris is the largest and most recent county to pass such a resolution and if trends continue it is unlikely that it will be the last.

Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.


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