AG's Opinion Sought on Craddick Strong-Arm Tactics in Texas House

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - Two Republican legislators on Monday asked the Texas
attorney general to weigh in on GOP House Speaker Tom Craddick's handling of a coup attempt.

Representatives Jim Keffer of Eastland and Byron Cook of Corsicana are asking Attorney General Greg Abbott for an opinion on Craddick's parliamentary rulings.

Several lawmakers -- near the end of the session last month -- tried to make a parliamentary motion that would have allowed the House to vote to oust Craddick.

But Craddick cited "absolute authority" and refused to acknowledge any lawmaker to make such a motion.

Craddick, whose term expires in January of 2009, didn't immediately respond Monday.

Keffer -- who's filed to replace Craddick as speaker -- says the ntegrity of the Texas House is at a critical crossroads.

Legal interpretation of the rules led two House parliamentarians to step down, when Craddick ignored their opinions. Both were replaced with Craddick supporters.

KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 8054632 -
Gray Television, Inc.