Dominoes Falling:Rep. Bryan Hughes Withdraws His Support of Speaker Straus, Cites “Threats of Punishment”

Nov 10, 2010
Topic: Update

We reported here last week, that Debbie Riddle had withdrawn her support of Speaker Joe Straus.  Now, Republican State Representative, Bryan Hughes has released a letter, detailing his reasons for withdrawing his support for Straus.

See full letter here. BryanHughesWithdrawsSupportFor Straus  Letter excerpts:”My decision, though not a light one, was made clearer after a phone call I received over the weekend from a member of Speaker Straus’s leadership team. This member brought up the subject of redistricting and explained to me how that process would be used to punish those members not on Speaker Straus’s list of supporters.  More specifically, this member told me that maps were already being drawn to get rid of Representative-Elect Erwin Cain (R-Sulphur Springs) and Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van),

because they were not on the Speaker’s list of supporters.  I was then told that I had nothing to worry about in redistricting, so long as I stayed on the Speaker’s list.  This conversation first saddened and then disgusted me.”

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