Harvey K. has a statement from Rep. Joe Straus of San Antonio on his list of supporters of his bid for Speaker:
“Since entering the House I have been guided by the very straightforward principle of representing my District first, while continually evaluating what is best for Texas – the way in which a democratic body should function.Here's the list (thanks to Elise Hu for posting on Google Docs):
“The needs of special interests and partisanship will take a back seat to doing what is right for our State at this critical time.
“It is time for a new tone and an atmosphere of trust in the Texas House of Representatives.
“Having received the commitment of a strong majority of my colleagues, it is my goal to restore civility, fairness and transparency to the House of Representatives and its public-policy making process.
“Speaker Tom Craddick has served with distinction in the Texas House for four decades. I have great respect for him personally, and honor his service to the State."
“In the coming days, I look forward to meeting with each Representative and discussing their district's priorities."
Gonzalez -Toureilles, Yvonne
Mallory Caraway, Barbara
Martinez Fischer, Trey
Jones McClendon, Ruth
Rios Ybarra, Tara
Me, again. The prospects of having a PRO-CHOICE Speaker from a major Texas city is a big, big thing for Texas.
If this development holds, which I believe it will, it is absolutely a new day in the Lone Star State.