Speaker’s race shakeup

Bryan Hughes, the Mineola Rep who was leading the valiant charge against Speaker Straus has dropped out of the running. In his place ha some David Simpson, a Vanderbilt-educated State Rep from the Lubbock area. The Chronicle has the story.

Simpson, it seems to me, is one of those “we need a Christian Conservative” people. His press release included a plethora of references to prayer, consulting with the divine, and God, and his website includes a Statement of Faith, whatever that is.

To me, whenever a politician brings up religion like this in a populist manner, it makes me a little nervous. Indeed, though I am always resistant to use the religion card, it seems to me that there is not another good reason for the far-right’s hatred of Speaker Straus. Yes, he doesn’t openly advocate hating Democrats, but he has brought up (and passed) some pretty extreme, controversial legislation, including Voter IDs. You sure didn’t see that happening when Craddick was in charge.

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