Andy Taylor, chief mouthpiece for Talmadge Heflin, was supposed to have a press conference this afternoon at 2:30 in which he would present irrefutable evidence that those nasty Democrats stole the HD149 election from poor ol' Talmadge. He's been saying that all along now (modulo the occasional backtrack), but as there's no news stories about this momentous event just yet, I can't say if he's finally come forth with something resembling evidence or not or if this is just more of the same. Consider this post a placeholder for now.
In the meantime, both Gary Scharrer and Harvey Kronberg note that the state GOP is putting a lot of pressure on its foot soldiers to fall in line and support overthrowing Hubert Vo for Heflin. Kronberg:
While Heflin was popular among his peers, virtually every Republican I have interviewed - including the most senior leadership - has stressed that only overwhelming evidence of serious and systemic voter fraud would persuade them throw to out an election.
Proving substantial voter fraud is a high standard and the burden rests exclusively with Heflin. Last week's filings by Heflin point to some election irregularities, but I am not sure there is much evidence of fraud.
Meanwhile, Republican Party chairman Tina Benkiser has been ratcheting up the rhetoric, calling for a GOP grassroots uprising. Alleging a history of Democrats stealing elections, she has called upon the Republican faithful to lean on their legislators. She claims outside pressure is being exerted to keep the challenge from reaching the floor of the House. But with a Republican super majority and a fearless Republican speaker who is firmly in charge, Benkiser's claims of outside pressure ring hollow.
Of course, the so-called "stolen" elections to which Benkiser refers were in South Texas where Democrats administered the elections.
This election was held in Houston where Republicans administered the election and counted the votes.
Democrats warn of dire consequences if Republicans call a new election for Heflin.
"I'm going to let loose unless they do what's right," says Rep. Paul Moreno, D-El Paso.
Individual Republicans have told Moreno they are under pressure to push a conservative agenda "no matter what" and might have to support Heflin, Moreno says.