Lawmaker Wants to Unseat Straus as House Speaker 1/12/14
January 12, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Tea party-backed, first term state Representative Scott
Turner says he wants to challenge fellow Republican Joe Straus for the
speakership of the Texas House.
Turner is a former professional football player from Frisco. The Austin
American Statesman reports he said via Twitter on Friday he's "excited to
announce I have just filed to run for Speaker of the Texas House."
Straus of San Antonio has been speaker since 2009, but has been criticized
by some conservatives for working too closely with Democrats.
In recent years, several tea party Republicans have sought the House
speakership. But none ultimately represented a serious challenge to Straus.
Turner's announcement is unusual in that it comes so early. Barring special
sessions convened by Governor Rick Perry, the Legislature won't reconvene until