The story was first posted at RedState.com
I know some of you are a bit perplexed about why I, a guy in Georgia, keep writing about Joe Straus, a liberal elitist in Texas.
It is very simple really. Texas is going to make big gains in the census and pick up some congressional districts. Conservatives across the country must be concerned that the man who will have the heaviest hand in drawing those lines is 100% NARAL supported and ridiculously corrupt.
We must fight at the state level here to help the conservative cause nationally in the 2012 elections.
And what happened late yesterday should concern everyone — really concern everyone, not to mention embarrass all the Texans.
As I previously mentioned, Straus sent out his loyal lieutenant Larry Phillips to tell a number of Republican State House members that if they did not vote for Straus, Straus would draw them out of their districts.
When the accusation was made, Straus referred the matter to the House Ethics Committee. Larry Phillips just so happens to be Vice Chair of that committee.
Here is where it gets fun.
Phillips did not recuse himself until after he was named as the man making the threats for Straus.
Phillips was then called to testify and would not testify under oath. Phillips denied everything.
In other words, Hughes was willing to swear an oath and risk jail if he lied. Phillips refused to swear an oath so that, because he lied, nothing could happen to him.
And then the Speaker’s investigative committee declined to take any action.
It’s like suddenly Louisiana politicians have taken over Texas.