Texas House speaker race was fun Sunday and Monday, especially for Dennis Bonnen

Pratt on TexasSunday and Monday morning were exciting in the race for speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

First it was Amarillo’s Four Price on Sunday afternoon dropping his bid for the speaker’s gavel and endorsing Angleton’s Dennis Bonnen. Then a few hours later it was Weatherford’s Phil King dropping out of the race and endorsing Rep. Dennis Bonnen.

Monday morning found Flower Mound’s Tan Parker ending his bid for House speaker and endorsing, yes you guessed it, Rep. Dennis Bonnen.

Rep. Dennis Bonnen

(I specify Dennis each time because his brother Greg, a neurosurgeon from Friendswood, is also a state representative. Dennis is in HD 25 and his brother Greg in HD24.)

There is not much of a positive relationship between San Angelo’s fake-Republican state Rep. Drew Darby and Dennis Bonnen. Bonnen pushed hard to work with the Governor as chairman of Ways and Means in the last Special Session to deliver meaningful local property tax reform but was stymied at every turn by Darby who, as befits a big government fake-Republican, is more interested in representing local governments like cities and counties than he is the taxpayers they are formed to serve.

Darby’s backing down seems to clear the way for the Republican Caucus to unify behind Dennis Bonnen for speaker.

So it was particularly fun to learn in the Noon-hour Monday, from the capitol gossip site Quorum Report, that Darby had “released his pledges” in his quickly fading effort to become speaker.

Darby’s backing down seems to clear the way for the Republican Caucus, chaired by Lubbock’s Dustin Burrow’s, to unify behind Dennis Bonnen for speaker. And based on what I know now, that’s a good thing and possibly the best we would be able to do in the race for speaker.

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