State Rep. Steve Allison, one of 10 moderate Republicans on a target list discussed during a meeting between House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan, released a statement Monday blasting Bonnen, saying he will no longer support him as House Speaker.
“We must demand honesty, integrity, and respect from our members. Speaker Bonnen and Representative Burrows have lost the confidence and trust required of a member in such a position,” Allison wrote. “Consequently, I am no longer able to support Dennis Bonnen as Speaker of the Texas House and implore both Bonnen and Burrows to take the necessary actions to do what is right in this disturbing situation.”
Allison, whose district includes parts of North and Northeast San Antonio, was one of 10 Texas House representatives singled out in a secret recording of a June conversation involving Bonnen, State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock), and Sullivan.
In the 64-minute recording released Oct. 15, Burrows indicated to conservative group leader Sullivan that he could target Allison, and nine others, in primary campaigns. The list seemingly came from a group of Republicans who did not support taxpayer-funded lobbying.
“If you need some primaries to fight in – I will leave and Dustin will tell you some we’d love if you fought in,” Bonnen said. “Not that you need our permission.”
Last Friday, the House Republican Caucus met and issued a statement condemning the actions of Bonnen and Burrows.
“We, the members of the Texas House Republican Caucus, condemn in the strongest possible terms the offensive language used and the statements made by Speaker Bonnen and Representative Burrows during the secretly recorded meeting which occurred on June 12th,” the statement said. “Both members violated the high standards of conduct we expect of our members. Their conduct does not reflect the views of our Caucus membership.”