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March 30, 2024      2:00 PM

Updated: Texas House GOP caucus faces potential quandary as Chair Goldman weighs resignation amid congressional bid and Vice Chair Oliverson runs for Speaker

Rumors swirl about Rep. Patterson running to lead the caucus but there is no shakeup unless Goldman steps aside; as Vice Chair, Rep. Oliverson would normally naturally ascend but many GOP members see his bid for speaker as a major conflict

Editor's note: After this story was first published, Rep. Oliverson said he has no plans to step aside from his leadership position. This story has been updated to include those comments - SB

Ahead of a meeting of the Texas House GOP Caucus slated for Monday in Dallas-Fort Worth where the members may make some decisions about who should lead them, Republican legislators find themselves in a bit of a quandary.

That’s because Chairman Craig Goldman is said to be considering stepping down amid his congressional runoff to succeed Rep. Kay Granger and Vice Chair Tom Oliverson, who would normally naturally ascend to the chairmanship, has created a conflict with his announcement for speaker while Speaker Dade Phelan is in a runoff in Southeast Texas.

Yes, that could become a hot mess and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his allies seized on it Saturday morning in their ongoing campaign to destabilize the House.

By Scott Braddock

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