"As snow in summer and rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool."
The @TXGOPCaucus has elected its officers for the 87th #txlege session. @JimMurphy133 will serve as Chair, @TomOliverson as Vice-Chair, @GoldmanCraig as Treasurer, and @CandyNobleHD89 as Secretary. The Caucus is ready to get to work. pic.twitter.com/2ZuKJsIEm5— Texas House Republican Caucus (@TXGOPCaucus) December 5, 2020
Jim Murphy, of course, being this guy:
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.[Note: We can't post the original TV report due to formatting issues, but we strongly recommend you click through the link above and watch the whole thing (approx. 5 minutes).]
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.
So what is the problem?
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.
There's a lot we could say about what this means for the session. TL,DR: Nothing good. But that's all obvious.
Instead, we want to focus on how this announcement is almost forty eight hours old, yet the Democrats haven't said a peep.
For anything remotely resembling a credible opposition party, this is a softball down the middle of the plate. Yet the Democrats are standing there with the bat on their shoulder. Textbook example of why Texas Democrats aren't likely to win anything anytime soon.
Of course, none of this is new. We've been baffled, for years, at the Democrats' inability to capitalize on Jim Murphy's scandals. This should be a gimme for them.
But it won't be, 'cuz the Democrats in Texas really are **THAT** incompetent.
(On a not entirely unrelated note, this is also a great example of why they just spent $100 million on Texas house races to come up with bupkus.)
Bottom Line: To miss this obvious of an opportunity tells you what you need to know.