HOUSTON (FOX 26) - This week’s panel: Ben Streusand, conservative commentator, “Three Amigos”, KSEV Radio; Mary Moreno, Communication Chief for The Texas Organizing Project; Bob Price, Associate Editor for Breitbart Texas; Mustafa Tameez, democratic consultant, FOX 26 political contributor; Charles Blain, Urban Reform; Antonio Diaz, writer, educator and radio host, discuss the growing controversy around Texas speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen.
Last week it was just a controversy, this week the allegations surrounding Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen have morphed into a full blown crisis. at issue is a backroom meeting between Bonnen and conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, during which the speaker allegedly offered House press credentials to writers working for Empower Texans, in exchange for orchestrated political attacks against ten republican incumbents in the 2020 primaries. Some see that "quid pro quo" as an old fashioned bribe, offered illegally on state grounds.
This week Bonnen's denials were stymied by the emergence of an audio recoding of the meeting, which multiple Republicans have heard and say confirms Sullivan's account of events. Law enforcement agencies, including the Texas Rangers, are investigating. Dennis Bonnen has since called for the tape to be made public. Some are suggesting the Speaker's days as Speaker may be numbered.