Letters to the Editor: An Open Letter for Chairman Jim Pitts
We the People of Texas House District 8 are worried that our elected Representative, Jim Pitts of Waxahachie is not listening to our concerns.
We are contacting him via phone, letters, emails as well as the Facebook.
It is the position of many conservative voices that after the recent election, we want our elected representative to reconsider his position regarding who will be the Speaker of the House for the new session of the Texas legislature.
His support for Speaker Joe Straus flies in the face of the conservative electorate, who has elected him time and again to his position.
It is troubling, but somewhat understandable that during the last session of the legislature, with a bare majority (76-74), the Republican Party did not have the numbers to put good quality conservatives in all the important chairmanships; there had to be some compromise.
Jim Pitts was one of 11 republicans along with a majority of the democrats that threw over Tom Craddick in favor of Joe Straus to be the Speaker, the third most powerful position in the Texas state government.
Speaker Straus, in turn put democrats and his allied republicans in charge of the most powerful committees.
Now, after the results of the Conservative Movement on Nov. 2, with a near super majority, it is time to take a different tack. It is time to elect a true conservative voice of the people to the Speakership.
It is time for Chairman Pitts to hear the raised voices of "We the People" and address our concerns.
It is beyond the time to reconsider his misplaced pledge to the Democrat leaning Speaker for the House.
It is beyond the time for our elected representative Jim Pitts to pledge his support to one of the other candidates for the position.
The calls and letters will continue and we have the expectation that we will be heard.
It is the position of this author that Representative Joe Straus shall be replaced; that a true conservative shall take the helm and lead the People’s House in a Conservative direction.
It is important for Representative Pitts to understand, that what is doesn’t always have to be; that is, Primary 2012 is about 475 days away…
Bill Carson Midlothian