A Coincidence? 3 of 5 Pledge Letters are Identical

When the 84th Texas House of Representatives opens for business at noon on Tuesday Straus_3January 13, 2015 the first order of business will be to elect one member (out of 150 members) to serve as the presiding officer of the Texas House; the House Speaker (a.k.a. the gatekeeper of legislation to be passed). A simple majority vote is required (76 of the 150 members).

Is it a coincidence that within the past week, 42 of the 98 Republicans in the House have signed pledge letters to vote for 3-term incumbent Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker and not for Rep. Scott Turner? Turner_1Turner announced his intent to run for Speaker against the incumbent Straus this summer. One could suppose these recent pledge letters are a coincidence.

But how much of a coincidence could it be that three of five pledge letters have identical sentences in the publicly released statements…:  Continue reading