March 10, 2020      3:11 PM
In radio interview, Bonnen says some "gentlemen" asked him to meet with MQ Sullivan to broker peace deal in the GOP
Bonnen also said his deepest apology goes to Rep. Dustin Burrows, “I pulled him into the meeting at last minute to be a witness."
Retiring Texas House
Speaker Dennis Bonnen on Tuesday said that some “gentlemen,” who he did
not name, had asked him to meet with Empower Texans spokesman Michael
Quinn Sullivan prior to their fateful meeting last year.
After reviewing his past
public statements, this seems to be the first time Bonnen has said publicly
there was a third party involved that urged the meeting that led to the speaker’s
Bonnen appeared on the Chad
Hasty show on KFYO radio in Lubbock this after Hasty had
tweeted over the weekend that “Bonnen needs to stop” in response to this
op-ed in the speaker’s hometown newspaper. “Also, he says reporters ‘lapped
up’ the accusations," Hasty said of Bonnen on Sunday. "That isn't
true at all. In fact, most in the statewide press were weary of believing
Sullivan at all.”
While maintaining that the
meeting in his Texas Capitol office was also sparked by a chance encounter
with Sullivan at Hobby Airport in Houston, Bonnen told Hasty during
a half-hour interview that these “gentlemen” asked him to meet with Sullivan to
broker a peace deal within the GOP if a chance arose to do so.
By Scott Braddock