Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Joe Straus Re- Elected – Still a GREAT year ahead!

Joe Straus Re- Elected – Still a GREAT year ahead!

Joe Straus was re-elected today. Congratulations

It was no secret that I was in favor of a new speaker because I am elected to the State Republican Executive Committee to protect and preserve our Republican platform and beliefs. I believed that someone who agreed most of the time with the Republican platform would be better suited to be the lead the Republican majority than someone who sometimes agrees with the ideas of the Republican Platform. Anyone in politics knows that it is hard to oust the person in power and that proved to be true today.

That being said, Joe Straus was elected and I respect that he is the speaker and we need to come together and move forward. That does not mean we have to forget come next State Rep election cycle which of our representatives did not listen to their constituents. But right now we certainly must move forward and come together and try to have a productive legislative session. The Speaker election is over so let’s come together on the Republican Ideas that we agree on and work together to make things happen. It is ok to have different opinions about people or ideas, but at the end of the day we MUST come together and get through the legislative session.

To be honest, this might be a GREAT legislative session. You see, when Straus got backed up against the wall with claims that he was not conservative enough, he started making huge conservative promises to conservative reps to secure votes. Promises he might never have made before. I believe he will hold to those promises because he will be working extra hard to prove he is conservative. On top of that, all of the conservative State Reps who voted for Straus against the desire of their constituents will now have to work extra hard to push conservative legislation this session to make their constituents happy and not want to kick them out of office.

So at the end of the day, If Joe Straus keeps his conservative promises, and if the conservative State Reps are working extra hard to make their constituents happy again, then this can be a great year for Conservative Republican legislation. But it took conservatives standing up and making noise to get these promises made so thank you everyone who stood up and said we need to stand more closely to our Republican values.

So Joe Straus, I did not support you for speaker, but if you hold true to your promises you made to allow fiscal AND social conservative agenda to move forward, then this could be an amazing year for the Republican Party and I really look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together now that the speaker race is over.

Now let’s get to work!

David Bellow
State Republican Executive Committeeman – Senate District 3

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