June 24, 2020      2:00 PM
HK: Has Empower Texans Fever finally broken?
There's apparent discussion among GOP members about whether to simply call for firing “two bad apples” caught on tape or condemn the entire group; Gov. Abbott has made clear he agrees with the latter
The irony has been lost on
absolutely no one that Empower Texans has a problem with secret
Having ratcheted up their
political pariah status by secretly recording a conversation with an
unsuspecting Speaker, Michael Quinn Sullivan confirmed that any
conversation with an Empower Texans employee or affiliate was being taped and
could be used in a setup for a future political assassination.
So, it is entirely fitting
that Empower Texans Chairman Tim Dunn’s people may have mortally damaged
the entire operation by mistakenly recording themselves.
In so doing they cemented
their place in the political pantheon as a group whose organizing principle
centers on fundamental contempt for people and process. From engineered
taxpayer “scorecards” by his Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and
the painfully truth-challenged Agenda Wise to unregistered lobbying,
Dunn’s operations have always been based on fear, inflammation, and the belief
in their own exceptionalism.
The question now is whether
there is a path back to any relevance in the pink dome.
By Harvey Kronberg