January 04, 2009
The Straus list

Rep. Joe Straus has released a list of 85 supporters - 15 Republicans and 70 Democrats - which would seem to put Team Craddick in a pretty tight spot. You can see the list here (Word doc) sorted by name, or at the end of that KXAN story, broken out by party. I'm going to reproduce it here with some comments:


Alma Allen
Roberto Alonzo
Carol Alvarado
Rafael Anchia
Valinda Bolton
Lon Burnam
Joaquin Castro
Norma Chavez
Ellen Cohen
Garnet Coleman
Yvonne Davis
Joe Deshotel
Dawnna Dukes
Jim Dunnam
Craig Eiland
Kirk England
Joe Farias
David Farabee
Jessica Farrar
Kino Flores
Stephen Frost
Pete Gallego
Helen Giddings
Veronica Gonzalez
Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles
Roland Gutierrez
Joe Heflin
Ana Hernandez
Abel Herrero
Scott Hochberg
Terri Hodge
Mark Homer
Chuck Hopson
Donna Howard
Carol Kent
Tracy King
David Leibowitz
Eddie Lucio
Diana Maldonado
Barbara Mallory Caraway
Marisa Marquez
Armando Martinez
Trey Martinez Fischer
Ruth Jones McClendon
Jim McReynolds
Jose Menendez
Robert Miklos
Joe Moody
Elliott Naishtat
Rene Oliveira
Dora Olivo
Solomon Ortiz
Aaron Pena
Joe Pickett
Paula Pierson
Chente Quintanilla
Richard Raymond
Tara Rios Ybarra
Allan Ritter
Eddie Rodriguez
Patrick Rose
Mark Strama
Kristi Thibaut
Senfronia Thompson
Chris Turner
Allen Vaught
Marc Veasey
Mike Villarreal
Hubert Vo
Armando Walle

Members listed in bold were not on the List of 64 from last week. The four remaining holdouts are Reps. Harold Dutton, Al Edwards, Sylvester Turner (all of Houston) and Ryan Guillen (from South Texas). For the rest:


Dan Branch
Byron Cook
Rob Eissler
Gary Elkins
Charlie Geren
Delwin Jones
Jim Keffer
Edmund Kuempel
Brian McCall
Tommy Merritt
Doug Miller
Jim Pitts
Burt Solomons
Todd Smith
Joe Straus

The four bolded members here are from outside the Gang of Eleven. In total, that's ten new supporters for Straus since he emerged as the consensus candidate on Friday night. Note that Dan Gattis and his three acolytes are missing as well - according to the Statesman, they're headed to Rep. John Smithee's camp. According to Brandi Grissom, it's officially Smithee versus Straus. Can Smithee peel away some of those 85 names? He'll need at least ten. Once again, game on.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 04, 2009 to That's our Lege

The Chronicle website this evening (Sunday) is reporting that Craddick is giving up and that his days as speaker are over!

Posted by: cb on January 4, 2009 11:05 PM

Statesman has a new list of 88 for Straus, which includes none other than Sylvester Turner (D-Houston). It's over.

Posted by: houtopia on January 4, 2009 11:10 PM
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