March 1, 2016      5:22 PM
SB: The cake is baked
Dunn’s push to wrest control of the Texas House has been especially vicious this cycle but changing the math of the governing coalition is out of reach
significant number of veteran Texas political observers have said the
Republican primary this cycle has been the most brutal they have ever seen at
the state level. They may be right. When archconservative lawmakers like Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, are being called the “liberal
establishment” by anyone it is fair to say there are forces working to turn
things upside down.
forces will undoubtedly have some success tonight.
oilman Tim Dunn has taken his feud
House leadership to a new level. His group Empower Texans, helped by
new money from the Wilks Brothers of Cisco, has tarred and feathered House
State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron
Cook, R-Corsicana, for the last nine months. There is no doubt Cook has
been their top target.
who carried legislation aimed at transparency in elections last session, has
been made a poster boy for what will happen to a Texas Republican lawmaker who
insists groups working to influence elections should be required to disclose
the donors funding their activities. That’s what the onslaught is about. Full
challenger, Thomas McNutt, is an affable and smart young man who could make a fine legislator but only after he were to get through one session in which he will be a protester, voting against the House
leadership out of the gate and hobbling his ability to represent his community
in an effective way.
By Scott Braddock