GOP censure of Straus is really badge of honor
Back in October, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus surprised us by announcing he would not seek re-election to the House in 2018.
He left open the possibility — seemingly slim — that he’d run for something else sometime. So it was kind of another surprise in Austin on Saturday when he was the subject of voting.
Keeping his unbeaten record intact, Straus, R-San Antonio, prevailed in that vote as the State Republican Executive Committee honored him for his courageous display of independence and leadership at the House helm. The vote was an overwhelming 44-19 as the GOP committee easily amassed the two-thirds vote needed to approve the resolution.
The committee, of course, called it a censure. But what’s intended by some as a censure can be read by others as an honor. That’s the deal in this case as the committee singled out Straus for political courage.
In its censure resolution, the committee’s members said Straus had taken three or more actions “in opposition to the core principles” in the Texas GOP platform.
I guess that’s one way of describing what Straus did. Another way would be to say Straus properly represented the people who sent him to Austin and, in his eyes, did what he thought best for all Texans. Seems like a reasonable thing for an elected official to do.