Pitts to push 'Arizona type immigration bill'; Constituents question voting record
WAXAHACHIE - Concerned citizens greeted State Representative Jim Pitts-R, Waxahachie, at the Ellis County Tea Party monthly meeting Saturday, Nov. 20, at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites on Stadium Drive.
Pitts was given 30 minutes to provide details of his plans and ideals for this next legislative session to start in January and another 30 for constituents to ask questions.
During his speech, Pitts received a welcoming round of cheers and applause from the packed room for his stance on immigration.
"We will pass a voter i.d. bill and pass Arizona type immigration laws and secure borders," said Pitts.
In regards to Texas' $15- 28 billion budget shortfall, Pitts plans to cut Medicaid, public school, community college and private institutions for higher learning to help the budget.
"In mid-December there will be a study on continuing Medicaid in Texas. Getting out would be a real savings and make it harder for the elderly to go into a nursing home," said Pitts.
During the Q&A, Pitts was presented with a slideshow from Harlon Bounds on his 31 percent conservative voting record.
Pitts claimed he has never heard of The Heritage Foundation or any other group who collects votes on politicians for that matter.
When shown a handful of bills he voted on in what the group calls "the non-conservative vote", Pitts gave the same general reply for each one.
"I don't remember that vote."
When asked why he supported David Sibley in the Republican primaries, he said "because he had friends and family in Ellis County."
This quote seemed to further spark outrage with the crowd.
As for the race for House Speaker, Pitts said he helped Joe Straus get elected last year and will help him get elected again.
"As an individual, I urge you not to vote for Straus as he is honored by Planned Parenthood, a group supporting abortion," said Gary Bennett.
As one constituent yelled out, "You must hear us", Pitts replied, "That's why I am here."
Many showed disapproval of his support for Straus to continue as house speaker.
"If you're a conservative, vote for a conservative candidate," said T.J. Fabby.