Tuesday, August 27, 2019

#TXLEGE: Seriously...Jim Murphy?!?

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
Matthew 6:24

Texas Scorecard yesterday, discussing vacancy for house GOP caucus vice chair:
Thus far, three potential candidates have emerged for the position: State Reps. Jim Murphy (Houston), Hugh Shine (Temple), and Andrew Murr (Kerrville).

[Note: Emphasis added.]
Oy vey.

In case you forgot:
HOUSTON - It appears that state Rep. Jim Murphy likes taxpayer-funded hats. Channel 2 Investigates identified him wearing a couple of them. One is for the 133rd District on Houston's west side, and the other remains unclear.

Employment contracts between Murphy and the Westchase District, a governmental agency and political subdivision of the state, show Murphy banking a fixed monthly fee of over $26,000 a month. That is a whopping $312,000 a year. The contract also lists him as a "consultant" even though the website for the Westchase District clearly says he's the general manager.


State law says, "No member of the Legislature may hold any other office or position of profit, except as a notary public."

In other words, a legislator cannot hold another taxpayer-funded job.
[Note: Learn more about Jim Murphy's ethics issues here, here, and here.]

It doesn't take a genius to see how this goes horribly wrong.

Bottom Line: If the house GOP caucus is dumb enough to vote Jim Murphy into a position of responsibility, they deserve everything they get.

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