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A Loss for Texas

by: Karl-Thomas Musselman on Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 20:07:11 PM CDT

If Democrats retake the House of Representatives this fall, look for Texas to have little to no leadership positions thanks to Tom DeLay's elimination of most all the state's seniority in both parties.

If they succeed, no Texans are in line to be chairmen of House committees. DeLay helped send four of the state's most senior members packing when he orchestrated a wholesale redrawing of Texas' congressional districts in 2003.


But if they had remained in office and Democrats took control, Texas would have three committee chairmen.

Frost would become chairman of the Rules Committee, which decides which bills and amendments get a vote.

Former Rep. Charlie Stenholm would head up the Agriculture Committee. Jim Turner would lead the Homeland Security Committee, which oversees border enforcement agencies.

DeLay was never interested in doing what was best for Texas. It was all about power for himself and the Republican Party. And now a proud state will be left without strong voices to advocate on our behalf.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Tags: Tom DeLay, 2006: US Elections, (All Tags)

A Loss for Texas | 6 comments | Time to post comments expired.
We'll have One (sub) (0.00 / 0)
Jackson Lee will apparantly be chairwoman of the Immigration subcommittee, or something along those lines.

Michael Hurta
Co-President; Lamar Young Democrats

by: Michael Hurta @ Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 20:32:10 PM CDT
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Edwards will be head of an Appropriations subcommittee but in comparison, that's nothing like having 3 outrigh heads.

Yes, but what would Treaty Oak have to say about it?
by: Karl-Thomas Musselman @ Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 20:58:35 PM CDT
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Of course, John Culberson mailed his supporters saying to vote for him cuz if the Democrats won, Jackson Lee would be the chair of the sub-committee.

For some reason I don't think that if the Democrats take over the house, TX07 will have been the race that makes it happen.  That would be interesting, but if Henley wins this seat, more than 15 other Democratic challengers will surely also win theres'.

Michael Hurta
Co-President; Lamar Young Democrats

by: Michael Hurta @ Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 23:43:25 PM CDT
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The problem is the system (0.00 / 0)
I see what you are saying, but couldn't a Republican use that a reason to vote for Republicans so that Texas keeps it's influince?

The big problem is the seniority system and the lack of term limits.

by: Timothy @ Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 22:32:03 PM CDT
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I'm hoping
quite a few folks get term-limited out of office in a couple of weeks. We already have term limits, they're just called elections. We don't need a law to tell us whom we can and can't vote for.
by: davew @ Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 22:40:24 PM CDT
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The house (0.00 / 0)
The Democrats are the best thing for the house and for Texas....

Proud to be A Democrat
by: rebeloutlaw_69 @ Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 18:18:25 PM CDT
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