Texas GOP Leadership Overwhelmingly Passes Resolution Calling for House Speaker Dade Phelan to Resign

by J Pelkey
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In a decisive 58-2 vote on Saturday, the Texas GOP leadership approved a resolution demanding House Speaker Dade Phelan’s resignation from his leadership role.

Ken Paxton on Saturday, once again, called for House Speaker Phelan to resign after presiding over the Texas House while drunk.

“In May, I called on liberal Speaker Dade Phelan to resign after he was recorded numerous times presiding over the Texas House in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication. Despite this embarrassing conduct, and his continuing erratic behavior, Phelan has refused to resign,” Paxton said.

“He has also wasted millions of tax dollars on a politically motivated sham impeachment, killed a critical border security bill and empowered an Obama lawyer to stop conservative legislation. As the legislature prepares for an anticipated special session to provide children with more opportunities for quality education, it is critical that Dade Phelan resigns as Speaker or is removed from his leadership position,” he added.

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Below is a video from May where Phelan is very obviously drunk:

Back in May, Ken Paxton called for Phelan’s resignation, citing concerns that “Texans were dismayed to witness his performance presiding over the Texas House in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication.”

A few days later, Phelan, along with Texas House RINOs, announced it would vote on a resolution to impeach Ken Paxton on baseless allegations.

This past Saturday, Texas Senators acquitted Attorney General Ken Paxton of all 16 impeachment charges brought against him.

Then, the attention quickly turned to Phelan.

During the Senate Republican Executive Committee meeting in Corpus Christi on Saturday, Texas Republicans voted on a resolution, calling for Phelan to resign:

WHEREAS, Speaker Dade Phelan voted for the impeachment of Attorney General Warren Kenneth Paxton and through his leadership team pressured other House members to vote for the impeachment as well, and continues to defend this action despite the weaknesses of the case as demonstrated in the Senate trial that resulted in General Paxton’s acquittal;

WHEREAS, Speaker Dade Phelan appointed nine (9) Democrats to chair important legislative committees, in direct defiance of the wishes of Republican voters and the Legislative Priorities
of the Republican Party of Texas; and

WHEREAS, Speaker Dade Phelan ignored or actively undermined several GOP priorities during the regular session, failing to prioritize legislation to secure our borders and elections; and

WHEREAS, new leadership is needed in the House of Representatives for the upcoming special session, and potential subsequent special sessions, to ensure that conservative priorities are achieved and members are no longer pressured to act and vote contrary to the platform, principles, and priorities of the Party they represent and its voters; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas calls on Speaker Dade Phelan to step down from his leadership role as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, and to allow a new Speaker to be elected after a caucus vote in accordance with the Republican Party of Texas Platform; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that should Speaker Dade Phelan fail to step down from the Speaker chair for this upcoming special session, the Republican representatives should vote to vacate the chair and allow for a new Speaker who has pledged to honor and support the priorities and principles of the Republican Party to be elected.

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