Two sources have confirmed that a prominent former Craddick lieutenant will announce support for Joe Straus tomorrow. I am withholding the name at the request of the member, passed on to me by the sources, so that the member can issue a statement. This may well break the resistance of the Paxton forces. Chisum’s play to get a Republican caucus meeting does not appear to have been successful either; in his quest to get the ten signatures that are needed to call for a meeting of the caucus, Chisum resorted to trying to get hardcore Straus supporters to sign. Obviously, they did not do so. Chisum/Paxton may get ten signatures, but signatures do not a quorum make.
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