In an email released Monday, Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West issued a statement, blasting State Representative Dade Phelan’s candidacy for Speaker of the Texas House, saying the Republican Party “will not support nor accept, State Rep. Dade Phelan as Speaker of the Texas House.”
Phelan held an invitation only meeting with certain lawmakers the Sunday before election day as part of his effort to secure the Speakership.
The morning after election day, Phelan began calling lawmakers in what one representative described as a “frenzy of calls” pushing lawmakers to make up their minds or be left behind.
That afternoon, Phelan held a press conference announcing he had secured the votes to become speaker, and shortly thereafter released a bi-partisan list of his supporters – with Republicans and Democrats mixed together.
“Texas will not allow the undermining of our ‘Texas Republic’” West’s email read, going on saying: “This is why the Republican Party of Texas is perplexed, and will not support, a potential Texas Speaker of the House who would seek affirmation from progressive socialist Democrats to attain that position”
The Republican Party Platform calls on lawmakers to meet by caucus after the November election and select a Speaker from within Republican ranks.
Phelan’s rush to secure the Speakership echoes the same effort used by out-going Speaker Dennis Bonnen, locking up votes and pushing to avoid the caucus meeting.
The majority of Allen West’s statement is included here:
“Texas will not allow the undermining of our “Texas Republic.” This is why the Republican Party of Texas is perplexed, and will not support, a potential Texas Speaker of the House who would seek affirmation from progressive socialist Democrats to attain that position. It is utterly absurd and demonstrably idiotic that any Republican would join with Democrats to lead our Republican majority (83-67) Texas State House. Does anyone believe that Texas Democrats will support the Republican Party of Texas legislative priority of election integrity?
Therefore, let me clearly state this: the Republican Party of Texas will not support, nor accept, State Rep. Dade Phelan as Speaker of the Texas House. Texas does not need a Republican political traitor, not at a time when the two diverging philosophies of governance are this lucid.
The Republican Party of Texas will not sit back idly and watch leftist Democrats be placed as Committee Chairmen who will undermine, kill, our legislative priorities, as happened in the 86th Texas legislative session.
Texas will be led by Constitutional Conservatives, not middle of the road “road kill” individuals seeking alliance with Marxist, socialist, leftists. We fought hard in the 2020 election cycle — against massive odds and leftist resources — to retain a strong legislative majority.
America needs Texas. Texas needs committed, principled, resolute, and courageous Conservatives who will be the vanguard in saving, protecting, and restoring the American Republic.”
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