The wicked witch is dead. Now, I wouldn’t describe Nancy Fisher that way — I barely know her — but a lot of members with twisted arms would. The rumor is that she and Terry Keel got crosswise. Anyway, here is the text of the official release:

Nancy Fisher, chief-of-staff to Speaker Tom Craddick (R – Midland), today announced that she will be leaving the Speaker’s office.”It has been an honor to work with the Speaker in this capacity for the past five years,” Fisher said. “I appreciate the trust he placed in me, and the opportunity to play a small role in bringing historic changes in public policy. While I will greatly miss working for the Speaker, the time has come for me to take some time off and pursue outside opportunities.” Fisher joined Craddick’s office in 2003 when he was elected Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. She initially acted as the legislative director and was then promoted to chief-of-staff in 2005. “Nancy has done an excellent job as my top advisor,” Speaker Craddick said. “Nadine and I wish her all the best in this next chapter of her life, and we are incredibly grateful for her service and commitment to us.” Fisher will be leaving the Speaker’s office at the end of February.