July 16, 2020      8:28 AM
Texas GOP considers adding possible punishment for censure: Prohibition from running in a Republican primary
As Gov Abbott faces more censure resolutions, the RPT temporary rules committee overnight adopted language to bar a candidate from the GOP primary if they’ve been censured
With anger growing over
Gov. Greg Abbott’s coronavirus response, activists at the Republican
Party of Texas convention are looking to add some teeth to the censure
of candidates and officeholders.
Abbott has now been formally
censured by at least eight local county party GOP executive committees. But as
of now the only practical consequence for a censure is the party declining to
spend any resources to help that candidate. There is, of course, terrible political
optics for a GOP officeholder or candidate who faces a censure.
And obviously Abbott does
not need financial assistance of the party with campaigns.
But the Temporary
Rules Committee of the RPT overnight adopted language that would add a
possible punishment for censure that could complicate things: Prohibition from
running in a GOP primary in Texas.
By Scott Braddock