San Antonio, June 14 – Former Congressman and United States House of Representatives Majority Whip Tom Delay and State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford), whom many political pundits predict will likely be the next Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, headlined the citizen comments to the Republican Party of Texas Platform Committee yesterday afternoon during the 2018 State GOP Convention.
Former Congressman and House Majority Whip Tom Delay
Delay addressed the Platform Committee with respect to his request that the Republican Party of Texas endorse and include within its Platform a “heartbeat bill” which would outlaw abortions for any fetus that has a heartbeat.
Delay noted that “I would prefer an outright ban on all abortions, but, if we can’t ban abortion, this proposal is the next best thing.”
Delay explained that national public opinion polls show that 70% of the American people support the heartbeat bill proposal. “The most important and consistent indicator of life is the heart beat,” Delay said.
”I hope Texas will lead the way and adopt a heartbeat bill in the Texas Legislature first,” Delay told the Platform Committee. He explained that there are 171 co-sponsors for a heartbeat bill in the United States Congress, more than for any other Pro-Life bill.
After Delay concluded his remarks, a member of the Platform Committee said that “the number killer of black people in America is abortion.”
Prior to his comments to the Platform Committee, State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) gave an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper. King is generally considered the favorite to become the next Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and is well-respected and liked among conservative Republicans in the Texas House Republican Caucus.
King told this newspaper, “I’ve been at every GOP convention since 1990. I want the Platform Committee to help to ensure that the Party is behind the House Republican Caucus nominating our next Speaker of the Texas House. The Republican Party certainly needs to lead on this issue.”
King explained that two years ago a coalition of twelve liberal Republicans and sixty-four democrats formed to elect the moderately liberal Speaker Joe Straus.
When King appeared before the Platform Committee a few minutes later, King noted, “We’re one of three states in the United States where the House of Representatives only has one elected leader. In Texas and two other states, we’ve vested all of the leadership power in the House in the hands of one single officer, the Speaker of the House.”
King urged the Platform Committee to support secret balloting inside of the House Republican Caucus to elect the Caucus’ candidate for Speaker and to enact bylaws in the House GOP Caucus requiring members to vote for the Speaker candidate if they wish to remain members of the Caucus.
”I want us to meet in December and decide on a Speaker. Then we’ll walk out on the floor of the House the second Tuesday in January and vote as a bloc for that nominee.”
The Platform Committee responded very favorably to King’s comments, althought the Committee will not take formal action on citizen comments until Thursday, June 14, 2018.