May 21, 2007
Byron Cook tells Craddick to resign

We may not get that motion to vacate today, but this is pretty stunning.

COOK: "I'm a Republican who has supported Speaker Craddick three times, but I cannot and will not support him again...I've been threatened...and I've been told as recently as Saturday and am told they are recruiting an opponent to run against be it."

"I will not yield to tyranny, bullying, or threats. This body will not realize its potential as long as [this] is to be tolerated."

"The budget is being stopped...and exploited for political gain."


"I regretfully tell you that your actions may force this House to take an historic action...I beg of you to step down."

"Please don't put this body through 18 months of Hell."

"Release us and submit to the will of the House."

"This is a battle worth fighting. For me, it may mean my political career, but it's worth it."


Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 21, 2007 to That's our Lege

I am torn between seeing Craddick ousted and seeing Cook ousted. Both would be good things for this part of Texas. Can I get both?

Posted by: Sabestian on May 22, 2007 8:08 AM

Too bad the Republicans didn't do some serious thinking about this when the Speaker's chair was up for grabs. There is nothing worse than someone pising and moaning about being a victim of their own choices. You reap what you sow....

Posted by: becky on May 22, 2007 8:53 AM