Warren Chisum is running for the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Letters were hand delivered today to fellow House members announcing his candidacy for Speaker.
Jason Embry has more details.
State Rep. Warren Chisum is delivering a letter to colleagues today saying he will run for House speaker next year, challenging Speaker Joe Straus, his fellow Republican.
He says the speaker should be elected from the majority of his own party. It was mostly Democrats who backed Straus.
“The times demand a strong and decisive leader,” Chisum says in his letter to colleagues. “The Texas House has enjoyed strong, experienced leadership under Speakers Laney and Craddick, who were fully supported by majorities of their respective political parties. Sadly, recent history has shown us that when a chamber’s leadership does not enjoy majority support from his own party mixed with good support from the opposition party, his leadership is weak and ineffective. As a candidate for Speaker of the House, I will give Republicans and Democrats an opportunity to decide whether the Texas House wants to lead this session, or whether it doesn’t.”
Will the other announced candidate GOP Rep. Leo Berman endorse Chisum now like was predicted here?
Here is an early post about speaker politics on twitter for some background on the players involved.
This will get interesting, more details to come.