Paxton added, “His conduct has negatively impacted the legislative process and constitutes a failure to live up to his duty to the public. Texans were relying on the House to pass critical conservative priorities including protecting the integrity of our elections and preventing Chinese spies from controlling Texas land. “His failures as Speaker have created a credibility crisis for all Republican candidates and for our entire Party. While I hope Speaker Phelan will get the help he needs, he has proven himself unworthy of Texans’ trust and incapable of leading the Texas House.” The video of Phelan went viral on social media over the weekend:
Unprecedented. Here is the video of the incident in question: #txlege https://t.co/LF6vH8WQkg pic.twitter.com/cXPIgVtuYx— Matt Beebe (@TheMattBeebe) May 23, 2023
This is video from last night in the Texas House of Representatives where it appears that TX House Speaker Dade Phelan is either really drunk or having a stroke. pic.twitter.com/dbSG7AO30r— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 20, 2023
In an effort for full transparency around that night, here’s more of Speaker Dade Phelan #txlege on May 19th. His speech sounds off that whole night. He doesn’t sound drunk, he sounds like he should be checked by a medical professional. https://t.co/JERIO2khkx pic.twitter.com/bMbOzW0SuG— Mike B (@MikeBHoustonTX) May 21, 2023
Phelan had not directly addressed the video as of Wednesday. His spokeswoman suggested a political motive led to Paxton’s call for him to resign; Phelan isn’t popular with conservatives. [firefly_poll] “The motives for and timing behind Paxton’s statement today couldn’t be more evident,” Cait Wittman said, according to KDFW. “Mr. Paxton’s statement today amounts to little more than a last ditch effort to save face.” Matthew Wilson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University, told the outlet it is not uncommon for state lawmakers to consume alcohol once they exit the floor during sessions. “The issue is whether an official of the House shows up in an obviously intoxicated state to carry out state business,” Wilson said. “That is where the criticism will come. Not whether he was drinking” He concluded, “Lots of people do that. It’s was his ability to conduct state business seriously impaired, and that video makes it look as if he was well over that line.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Dade Phelan supports Child Genital Mutilation.Here he is recently presiding over the TX House. Phelan is either HAMMERED drunk or he’s having a stroke. pic.twitter.com/sNHr0vERqJ — Stew Peters (@realstewpeters) May 21, 2023