"And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins.”
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, another Straus lieutenant retires:
It's impossible to overstate the importance of what just happened. While he keeps a lower profile (and isn't nearly as big of a jerk), John Otto is a Straus subordinate on par with Byron Cook and Charlie Geren. Otto has spoken or been on a panel at nearly every lobby event we've ever attended in Austin. [Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
Appropriations chairmen don't retire lightly. While Otto isn't disgraced the way Jim Pitts was when he left, this is still the second session in a row where the appropriations chair isn't coming back. If you need to know anything about how being a member of Straus' leadership team goes over in the rest of the state, that's it.
The best reaction to Otto's retirement cam from the Texas Public Employees Association:
Bottom Line: If Otto's throwing in the towel, keep an eye on Drew Darby and John Zerwas as the next to retire....
Update: Apparently, Darby announced a re-election bid in late June; serves us right for not reading Quorum Report.