|Senator Taylor won't be smiling for long|
As most of the readers of this blog know Rep Scott Turner is running for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. As I have stated in the past, it has become commonplace for ambitious House Members to run against Speaker Straus to increase their name ID among Republican Primary voters. They use Michael Quinn Sullivan as a willing idiot to introduce them to his contacts across the State that Mr. Dunn has spent millions cultivating.
What most of you probably don’t know is that in 2006 Scott Turner ran for Congress in San Diego, California. I believe that Mr. Turner’s plan was to run for Ralf Hall’s seat when he retired. That plan is shot because Mr. Hall was beat in the Republican primary this year. Now it looks like Mr. Turner will be running for Sam Johnson’s seat. Congressman Johnson is rumored to be retiring at the end of this term. Now some of you will point out the Mr. Tuner does not live in CD 3 and you would be correct. But that has not stopped him in the past. When he ran for Congress in California he did not live in the district he ran for either.
What makes this interesting is that it is no secret that Senator Van Taylor also wants to run for CD 3 when Mr. Johnson retires. Can’t wait for that little battle.
I saw an article about Scott Turner’s failed California race and in it he mentions that he supported a guest worker program for illegal aliens. I wonder where he stands now that he is running for Speaker? In the same article he said he supports ear-marks or special provisions inserted in giant funding bills for pet projects. Something the TEA PARTY and most conservatives hate. He also supported No Child Left Behind.
In doing my limited research on Scott Turner I turned to his ethics reports since announcing and raising money for Speaker. What jumped out at me was the time he was spending in CD 3, something Senator Taylor should take note of. I also noted that Mr. Turner has spent upwards of $70,000 on private air travel in the last 5 months, not exactly TEA PARTY material. It must be nice flying around in private jets funded by hard working Texans while running for a race two years early.
There is no doubt Mr. Turner is spending a lot of money in his bid for the gavel. He is traveling into his colleague’s districts talking to TEA PARTY groups and conservative leaders. But to what end? Those TEA PARTY groups cannot vote for Speaker, only House Members can. And more than a couple of House Members have told me they are upset that Mr. Turner is coming into their districts without informing them, meeting with their constituents, getting them excited about a race that will ultimately end up as they all do – Scott will withdrawal from the Speakers race at the last minute leaving his colleagues battered and bruised from a race they all know had already been decided long ago.
It is so obvious that Scott Turner is an ambitious politician who is using hard working conservatives for his own political purposes and not even doing a good job at hiding it.
Til Next Time - Adios Mofos!