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Episode Info: This isn’t a fun post to write. In many ways it’s uncomfortable. DeWayne Burns deserves a lot of credit for his courage, and moral clarity. And Jeff Leach deserves criticism for his unwillingness to give the corruption of his speaker the seriousness it deserves. I want to provide a little context to just how unpredictable that statement is. I was the main strategist for two Republican primary campaigns against DeWayne. One was in 2014, when DeWayne was originally elected with 53% of the vote, and a rematch in 2016 when he was re-elected with 53.6% of the vote. On the other hand I was a major cheerleader for Jeff Leach when he was elected in 2012. I remember encouraging clients, donors and activists to prioritize Jeff’s campaign during the runoff of 2012, and rejoicing in his victory as a defeat of the establishment and a victory for conservatives. Months ago Dennis Bonnen and Dustin Burrows blatantly lied to all Texans. They tried to deceive Jeff Leach and DeWayne Burns directly, and they got caught because their actions were recorded. Even when faced with the reality that their actions would come to light, they lied again. Honestly Jeff began his career with a more conservative voting record, but this last session DeWayne and Jeff were nearly identical in their votes. And I mean, they literally had a handful of votes that were different according to Rice University. Post Bonnen scandal we are seeing a drastic contrast in these legislators and their statements following the GOP caucus meeting exemplify this contrast. I encourage you to read both men’s statements, and the comments from their followers. Jeff Leach’s statement: DeWayne Burns’ statement: The night these statements were made I sat back and watched the first 20 comments made. The distinction is remarkable. DeWayne receives immediate praise, some of the praise from seeming longtime supporters and friends, and some support from men and women who have campaigned tirelessly against him in the past. It’s amazing how one’s willingness to oppose corruption so clearly unites GOP voters across ideological lines. Jeff, on the other hand, received a different set of reactions. I respect that Jeff doesn’t seem to have deleted any of the criticism at this time. It’s clear that many people, who have previously supported Jeff Leach, are very disappointed. Jeff’s unwillingness to call corruption what it is will hurt him in 2020, and puts his seat even more in jeopardy, something Republicans can’t afford. At one point the joint statement says “In the strongest sense possible, we condemn his words and actions”. But when discussing the meeting with multiple individuals it sounds like several of the signers of the Leach statement voted AGAINST putting the word “censure” in place of condemn for the statement issued by the caucus. (I’ve confirmed that Leach, Shaheen and Holland ALL voted to put the word censure into the statement. It looks like only Sanford opposed) I ha...
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