Last Friday, Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan appeared to be “drunk gaveling” while presiding over the legislature. It drew attention and condemnation from both sides of the political aisle. As we posted on Rumble:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called on Phelan to resign:
After much consideration, it is with profound disappointment that I call on Speaker Dade Phelan to resign at the end of this legislative session. Texans were dismayed to witness his performance presiding over the Texas House in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication. His conduct has negatively impacted the legislative process and constitutes a failure to live up to his duty to the public. Texans were relying on the House to pass critical conservative priorities including protecting the integrity of our elections and preventing Chinese spies from controlling Texas land. His failures as Speaker have created a credibility crisis for all Republican candidates and for our entire Party. While I hope Speaker Phelan will get the help he needs, he has proven himself unworthy of Texans’ trust and incapable of leading the Texas House.
Speaker Dade Phelan should resign. pic.twitter.com/ZD920VOt1X
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) May 23, 2023
Hard to argue with that. The Texas GOP has been milquetoast on their best days lately and having a drunk holding the gavel is not doing the party or the state any favors.
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What an embarrassment. We in the GOP are better than that.