Kelli Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer
Austin and Conroe, October 15 – State Representative Steve Toth (R-Conroe) called on Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Dennis Bonnen to resign after Empower Texans Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Quinn Sullivan released the entire recording of his June 12, 2019, meeting with the Speaker and Chairman Burrows.
Toth commented, “Speaker Bonnen needs to resign as Speaker immediately. Based on the recording alone, it’s clear Speaker Bonnen has not been truthful about his meeting with Mr. Sullivan. Speaker Bonnen not only provided a list but he made an offer by stating, ‘And let me tell you what I’ll do for you — real quick, you need to hear what I want to do for you.’
Even after Michael Quinn Sullivan said he didn’t need anything, Speaker Bonnen doubled down, “Well, no, you do. You do. If we can make this work. I’ll put your guys on the floor next session.” Bonnen referred to giving press credentials to the press correspondents of the “Texas Scorecard,” the Empower Texans blog.
Speaker Bonnen used the word “list” and referred to it multiple times; something he has denied on several occasions. “He (referring to Dustin Burrows) has some folks — because the Speaker of the House shouldn’t tell you some folks to go pop, but he has some folks,” Toth explained.
Toth added, “Chairman Burrows has since resigned. It’s time for the Speaker to follow suit. It’s an egregious lapse in integrity. After listening to the tape, I am grieved to know this transpired. ‘Deceit, Lies and Obfuscation’ will be the battle cry of democrats heading into November 2020. This is not who we are as a Party. It’s an affront to our system of public service and should never have happened. Republicans must take the lead in reforming the Texas House by replacing the Speaker. Texans will rightly judge us by our urgency and commitment to do the right thing as expeditiously as possible.”
“Republicans must take the lead in reforming the Texas House by replacing the Speaker. Texans will rightly judge us by our urgency and commitment to do the right thing as expeditiously as possible.” – – State Representative Steve Toth, October 15, 2019
Toth serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is one of the strongest voices fighting for less government spending. He also serves on the Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee, as well as multiple subcommittees. Toth is consistently ranked as one of the most conservative Republican legislators in the Capitol. He tied with Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) for the highest rating of The Golden Hammer of legislators who served in the 86th Texas Legislative Session.