Texas Rep. Dustin Burrows Breaks His Silence – Emerges Like a Groundhog

  • Can we trust that Burrows will ever tell the truth about this scandal?
  • "I went in good faith"
  • "I did nothing wrong"

Texas State Representative Dustin Burrows emerged only after feeling safe after Governor Greg Abbott endorses Burrows for re-election. This is after Governor Abbot sent out a letter the day before the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that stated that the state and the people “need to take action  upon their own hands” relating to immigrants in Texas.

A governor that sent out a letter like this, only a day before the mass shooting that claimed so many lives, is now endorsing our current representative Burrows for Re-election. Do we need someone that states this to people only a day before a mass murder in his state to be re-elected? Do we need a representative that is endorsed by him?

On Wednesday, Representative Dustin Burrows (R – Lubbock), announced his plans for re-election in 2020.  Less than 12 hours later, Governor Abbott endorsed Burrows for re-election. Burrows then went on KFYO radio and broke his silence after 2 months of people demanding that he make a statement.

As Burrows emerged like a groundhog, he only left more questions unanswered. In the interview, Burrows made comments about the meeting, the legislative session, and finally how he went in good faith to this meeting. But he artfully dodged questions asked by Chad Hasty, host of the show on KFYO.

When asked about why he has been silent, Burrows stated that, “he had wished the recording was made public 2 weeks ago, that he honestly thought it would have. And by keeping it private it is a disgrace to the state.”

Burrows made statements like:

  • I have  issues with the memories involved.
  • I have issues recollecting the memories of this hour-long conversation.
  • I went in good faith.
  • and I did not go in with a physical list, I read him a list of people of a public document that voted ‘NO’ on these bills.

Burrows states he went in good faith to this meeting because he just happened to be in town when he was asked to attend. Remember, that when this first came out, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen had stated the meeting never happened. Then two weeks later Bonnen offered an apology for the nasty things that were said in the recording. He also said that he had invited Burrows to this meeting as a witness, then ordered Burrows to stay quiet about the meeting.

Can we trust the GOP will tell the truth?

Well, Burrows went on to say how he read alphabetically the names of representatives that had voted no on this priority bill and recommended that Sullivan target these individuals if he intended to target someone. Burrows never offered an apology for his part in this act, and in fact, has stated he has done nothing wrong.

  • How can we now trust that what our representative has stated is true?
  • How can we trust that our representative will be truthful in the future if re-elected?
  • How can the public trust that the words that he says are truthful?

Burrows says he has done no wrongs, went on to brag about priority bills that all Republicans voted yes on, in a landslide vote. He went on to discredit Sullivan and anyone involved that contradicts his story. He then states he stepped down as GOP caucus chair, simply because the person that was replacing him was a champion, and a female and the GOP needs a female in charge to pursue women, votes.

Burrows failed to mention how many bills were in the session that he had voted ‘NO’ on, that would’ve benefited the same Texans he claims the bills that were passed helped.

  • He voted NO on a bill that would’ve benefited the police officers in the state.
  • He voted NO on a bill that would’ve helped firefighters in the state.
  • He voted Yes on several duplicate bills about the same policies on Gameroom restrictions in Texas.

The bills that were passed, like HB3, only benefitted large school districts, while small rural districts got the blunt end of the bill and received very little funding, and low teacher raises.As SB2, the tax reform bill, while it is meant to keep property taxes lower, it, in fact, hurt smaller rural districts. larger cities benefitted from these bills, while smaller rural counties are struggling to survive due to these bills. As of today,  several local governments state that the state now took control of the local government and bypassing city and county governments.

In closing, I bring the following:

  • Can we trust that Burrows will ever tell the truth about this scandal?
  • Can we trust the GOP will tell the truth?
  • Can we trust that Burrows or the challenger Speers will benefit all Texans or only those who donate to their party?
  • Can we trust that any GOP candidate will be honest, loyal, or dependable?
  • Can we trust that any GOP candidate in Texas will represent all Texans?

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Addison Perry-Franks

Addison Perry-Franks is a proud Texan and Scurry County resident, active in her community. She has built a thriving small business that has successfully delivered IT solutions to national retail chains since 2008. She came out as transgender in May 2018 and has been happily married to her wife, Lacey for 11 years.  They have five children. 

Addison is also running in 2020 for Texas House of Representatives, District 83.

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