You can't leave action to others. If you want results, you need to get off your rear end and get in the fight. Today, I did that. I called my new Republican Texas State Representative, Barbara Nash, to urge her not to vote for Joe Straus as Speaker. I never expected to actually talk to her so I wasn't surprised when I got voice mail. I left a respectful message urging her to vote for Ken Paxton and not Joe Straus. What I didn't expect was that she would call me back! I got 15 minutes of her time and told her things she didn't know about Joe Straus. You can read more details in my earlier post .
Several things became clear to me during our discussion:
- Joe Straus was organized. He had a plan to approach every new Representative early and often. To flatter them and to impress them with the attention they were to receive while he courted their support.
- My Representative seems like a very good person. She has the right values and could be a very good Representative. She just needs to hear the other side. She is not hearing it! She is only hearing from Joe Straus and his friends.
- Rep. Nash, I believe, is probably like most new Reps coming in. They are probably unaware of all the shenanigans that have gone on under Speaker Straus. Joe Straus had a plan to co-opt them. Conservatives did not have a comparable plan to recruit support for a Conservative Speaker. We are way behind in this effort.
- To win this battle, we're going to need a lot more of the grass roots to get off their behinds and start calling. Barbara Nash is hearing the objections to Straus -- I am not the only one to raise this issue with her. We need to educate, not threaten these new Reps so they don't make a decision they will later regret.
I don't know if my call will ultimately convince Rep. Nash to vote for a more conservative Speaker. But without my call and the calls of others there is no hope. So get in the game. It feels good and can make a difference if enough of us heed the call to action.