Well, what do you know. So, is Joe Strauss
- Covering his right flank to keep from being Mubarak’ed?
- Keeping his friends close and his enemies closer?
- Actually sharing power because that’s who he is?
- Moving to the right himself?
OK, so that last one was kind of stupid.
TEXAS: Speaker Straus replaces moderate Dem with hardline Tea Partyer as Speaker Pro-Tem
With less of a majority in the last legislative session, House Speaker Joe Straus sought consensus and a good working relationship with moderate Democrats. Now, with a supermajority, the Speaker has made a move to the hard-right.
State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, two years ago was picked by new Speaker of the House Joe Straus to be speaker pro tempore of the Texas House of Representatives because — in part — of his ability to work across party lines on crucial issues.
With a shift in the political climate and an even stronger Republican majority at the state capital, Eiland was replaced by a Harris County Republican.
Straus, in his second term as speaker, picked Rep. Beverly Woolley, R-Harris County, as speaker pro tem. Woolley, a tea party favorite and co-chair of the Tea Party Caucus in the state house, won major points with Straus last year when she announced she backed him in his bid to be re-elected speaker.