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Texas GOP Speaker Drops Re-election Bid after Secret Tape

1 month 7 hours 2 minutes ago Tuesday, October 22 2019 Oct 22, 2019 October 22, 2019 7:17 AM October 22, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas GOP House Speaker Dennis Bonnen says he will not run for re-election, making the announcement less than a week after the release of a secretly recorded conversation in which Bonnen sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020 and called a female lawmaker "vile."

Bonnen says in a statement Tuesday "it is clear that I can no longer seek re-election" as either a state representative or house speaker.

The Texas Republican Caucus had condemned Bonnen's remarks.

The recorded conversation is at the center of an ongoing state police investigation into whether Bonnen improperly offered House media credentials in exchange for campaign help. It's also thrown Republicans into disarray at a time when their state dominance is slipping.

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