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TX House GOP Caucus May Expel Members Aligned With Abbott

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The Texas House GOP Caucus is currently considering the expulsion of members who have campaigned with Gov. Greg Abbott against “liberal Republicans,” according to Texas Scorecard:

“A group of conservative lawmakers say they could soon be expelled by the Texas House Republican Caucus for endorsing challengers to incumbents in the recent primary election.

“Called the ‘Incumbent Protection Program,’ the Texas House Republican Caucus prohibits members from endorsing against incumbents and has threatened to censure members who have done so in the past.

“This cycle, however, conservative incumbent State Reps. Brian HarrisonNate SchatzlineSteve Toth, and Tony Tinderholt joined statewide Republicans like Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in endorsing against liberal Republicans in an election cycle that saw the defeat of 14 incumbent Republicans.

“While the source of the movement to expel the members has not been made public, an inside source told Texas Scorecard that State Reps. Cole Hefner and Jared Patterson, aligned with Speaker Dade Phelan, are behind the efforts. Neither Hefner nor Patterson would confirm or deny the allegations as of publication.”

To read the entire Texas Scorecard article, click HERE.

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