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.