Speaker Politics and the Far Right

Cathie Adams at Texas Eagle Forum isn’t turning down the heat in her assault on Texas House speaker candidate Joe Straus, R-San Antonio. In a new e-mail to far-right activists today, Adams essentially accuses Straus of being a liar. Adams writes:

Representatives should not be thrown off by Straus’ claim that he will not support an expansion of gambling if he’s elected. That is champaign rhetoric. His record votes prove that he supports an expansion of gambling, third trimester abortions and homosexuals for foster parents.

With Tom Craddick, R-Midland, having now dropped his bid for a fourth term as speaker, Adams has thrown her support behind state Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo. But Quorum Report says Smithee is disassociating himself from the vitriolic attacks launched by Adams and others orbiting along the political fringes.

Even so, Texas Republicans are getting a clear view of how vicious the party’s far-right fringe can get. It’s old news to us. As we reported last October, in the final days of the presidential campaign, Adams — who also serves as a Republican National Committeewoman for Texas — attacked Democrat Barack Obama’s religious faith in an e-mail to activists:

While many question Barak Hussein Obama’s “religion” . . . the more important question is whether he has a “relationship” with Jesus Christ because that is the only HOPE that any of us have to obtain eternal life. I personally see NO evidence that Obama has that kind of “saving faith.”

Well, we see no evidence that Adams has much respect for grace or civility. Shame on her.

One thought on “Speaker Politics and the Far Right

  1. Saying a candidate should be judged by his voting record rather than statements which contrast with that record is “viscious”? That appears to be politics as usual.

    She didn’t “attack” Obama’s faith, she questioned it based upon her observations, for what they are worth. I also see no evidence that Obama has the kind of saving faith she has in mind. There is no evidence to support her hope for eternal life by the “mechanism” she has in mind. The physics involved in reading her soul out of her body, transmitting the bits and reconstituting them elsewhere is quite daunting. I’m sure Dr. McCoy and Barkley would question whether the “reading” was non-destructive and whether the “reconstituted” version was the original or just a copy. She would would be wiser to place her faith in stem cell research instead.

    Based upon the bills that Joe Strauss has sponsored, he appears to be more interested in diverting education dollars to further his liberal environmental social agenda, than in education itself. At his web site note his attempt to force uneconomic investments in solar upon school construction.

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