I purposely didn’t name a favored candidate in the leadership elections that the House Republican caucus is holding today, because I simply haven’t spent enough time around each of them to form a solid opinion. I know some things about some of them, but preferred to make only broad comments about the races.
All that said, strictly on the merits of the speeches today by the nominees for speaker of the house, I would say the caucus got it right in choosing David Ralston.
The members ranked them just the way I would have based on their remarks: Ralston, then Larry O’Neal and Bill Hembree. All three spoke about the policy issues ahead and the need to get the party’s internal affairs (no pun intended) in order. I can only say that Ralston was most convincing.
On another note, Glenn Richardson’s appearance in the chamber and his speech came as a surprise. His farewell speech was, in a lot of ways, tough to watch.
Regardless of his own role in his personal and political destruction — and while the jury is out on whether he apologized for his personal or his political failings, he did say that he had asked God’s forgiveness, which I doubt he would have sought for losing on a property-tax bill — he clearly realizes that so much of what he’d spent his life building is now gone. He clearly is still at the beginning of a very long process of building something new — a new “reason to live,” which he said he had lost.
So it was tough to watch. And as he returns to being simply Glenn Richardson, private citizen, I can only wish him well.
(Whatever you think of him, please show a modicum of humanity in any comments you post.)
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