A group of around twenty House conservatives is looking for a speaker candidate in the event Craddick doesn’t make it. They don’t see any of the announced candidates as acceptable, and their first choice is Warren Chisum. A lot of folks will be horrified by the idea of Chisum as speaker. Another West Texan. Another rural guy. A far-right social conservative. But I will say this about Warren Chisum, his recent presence on the Ten Worst legislators list notwithstanding. He is a straight-up person. He is sincere, fair, and honorable. He cares about the House as an institution. He doesn’t care much for partisan politics. I think he’d be a pretty decent speaker.
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