1 Corinthains 15:33
Soo, this happened:
Could not be more proud to announce these individuals to positions on my senior staff. They bring the talent and experience demanded by such a pivotal moment in our history. I am grateful for the service and leadership they will provide. #txlege pic.twitter.com/b4jBJenMh2— Dade Phelan (@DadePhelan) December 3, 2020
The list is long on so-called “capitol experience” and revolving door relationships with the lobby. Far less clear is whether any of them has ever worked a real job. It’s swampier than Cajun country.
As PushJunction points out, about half of the names on this list are direct holdovers from former speaker Dennis Bonnen.
Beyond those obvious conclusions, however, a few other stand out:
- As someone who started with Governor Abbott, went to UT-Austin, and is now back in the legislature, Jay Dyer encapsulates Texas’ failure to address either steadily rising tuition or the various leftists uprisings we see on college campuses.
- As Dennis Bonnen’s communications director, Kate Misenheimer carried water for her boss throughout last year’s quid-pro-quo controversy and viscously attacked anyone who questioned Bonnen’s carefully constructed narrative.
- Andrew Blifford was Joe Straus’ former Chief of Staff.
Phelan’s staffing announcements will likely reinforce the sense of pessimism with which grassroots conservatives were already viewing the legislative session.
Bottom Line: None of this is surprising, but at least it's now official.