ABC Republicans Choose Straus
Eleven Republicans called the ABC Republicans – the Anything But Craddick Republicans – chose Representative Joe Straus of San Antonio after meeting privately at the Austin home of State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).
Straus has served two years in the Texas House.
Straus needs 76 votes to win Speaker. The House leans narrowly towards the Republicans with a split of 76-74. So it will take support from both parties to unseat Craddick.
House Speaker Tom Craddick released a short response after Representative Joe Straus was chosen.
“There are great challenges facing the state, and there are clear differences in experience and philosophy between Mr. Straus and myself. I am confident that I will be re-elected speaker.” -Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick
Members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus are meeting at noon on Saturday, January 3 at the AFL-CIO building in Austin to discuss ABC candidate Representative Joe Straus.
Speaker Craddick will meet with his supporters Sunday, January 4.