The Speaker of the Texas State House, Dennis Bonnen, has announced that he will not seek re-election when his term ends after being caught in a scandal with conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan.
After a first successful session where Bonnen successfully negotiated Republican priorities including public school funding and property tax bills, Bonnen was accused by Sullivan of offering him press credentials if he opposed 10 Republican incumbents. Sullivan also said that Bonnen and House Republican Caucus Leader Dustin Burrows mocked fellow lawmakers and said they “hated” city and county governments.
Bonnen and Burrows tried to deny the allegations, but Sullivan released a recording of the conversation that led Burrows to resign last week.
Bonnen will not resign, but will end his stay in office at the end of his term. A number of Republicans in the House have called for him to resign sooner, saying they don’t feel confident in his leadership after the scandal.
Some of those calling for Bonnen to resign now were named by him as committee chairmen when he became speaker.
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