Can We Trust in Our Current Rep. Dennis Bonnen & Dustin Burrows?

  • Will he play along and tell the people what they want, but then do what he wants behinds closed doors.
  • Allows discrimination against same-sex marriage.
  • Many elected Republican officials have voiced their opinion for Bonnen to resign.

With more and more GOP House members and Elected officials calling for Bonnen to resign, or Burrows to resign, what is not understood is why Bonnen is the only one that most of these elected officials are asking to resign. Burrows is as guilty in this illegal act as Bonnen is, and may even be more liable for actions, as Burrows made statements against his people and his state. Burrows should be also held to the same standard as Bonnen, and all GOP members should ask Burrows to resign as well as Bonnen.

  • The question that remains is: Can we trust our current Rep. Dustin Burrows HD83 to represent the people or will he continue to do as he has in the past?
  • Will he play along, tell the people what they want to hear, just to make them happy. But yet, behind closed doors in session, will he do what he wants, even if it hurts the people he represents?
  • Can we trust he will hold him to what he says?
  • Will he stand firm in giving Texas what it needs?
  • Can we trust he will continue to represent Texans, or will he represent money, and the people who contribute the most, as he has done since he was elected?

He has already admitted to hating cities and counties. He has already proved that he does not care about what people need or want.

He is endorsed by the Texas Home School Coalition, but yet he went against them in the 86th. THSC has been steadily trying to get their bill passed entitled, UIL Equal Access Bill in 2017, the 85th. But yet Burrows voted against this, going against his endorsers. He voted against bills that the THSC wanted to pass, and voted yes on bills that hurt THSC standards. He also Voted No against Bucy’s Medicaid Expansion amendment in Texas after telling Texans he wanted to do whatever he could to help them get insurance.

He voted Nay on April 30, 2019 HB 63 Authorizes the Decriminalization of Cannabis Possession Bill Passed – House (103 – 42) Nay
Bills he voted Yes on (which are mostly unneeded, yeah, let’s carry guns in churches and schools. Lets protect our children by carrying guns.)

  1. May 21, 2019 SB 535 Authorizes Handguns on the Premises of Places of Worship Bill Passed – House (86 – 53) Yea
  2. May 10, 2019 HB 1143 Authorizes Storage and Transportation of Firearms in School Parking Areas – House (97 – 37) Yea
  3. May 27, 2015 SB 11 Authorizes Concealed Carry of Firearms on College Campuses Bill Passed – House (102 – 44) Yea

Allows discrimination against same-sex marriage

  1. April 28, 2015 SB 2065 Authorizes Religious Organizations to Decline to Perform Marriage Services Senate Co-sponsored this allows discrimination of LGBT Couples seeking to adopt.
  2. May 10, 2017 HB 3859 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion Bill Passed – House (93 – 49) Yea
  3. March 14, 2017 HB 3859 Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion House Co-sponsor

And this tells cities what to do:

  1. April 27, 2017 SB 4 Prohibits Sanctuary Cities Bill Passed – House (94 – 53) Yea

and his accountability record percentages say it the best:

  1. Texas Conservative Roundtable – Positions 60%
  2. Equality Texas – Positions 13%
  3. Equality Texas – Positions 7%
  4. Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom – Positions 70%
  5. Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility – Positions 75%
  6. Texas Conservative Roundtable – Positions 60%
  7. NARAL Pro-Choice Texas – Positions on Reproductive Rights 0%
  8. Environment Texas – Lifetime Scores 25%
  9. Environment Texas – Positions 13%
  10. Sierra Club-Lone Star Chapter – “Legislative Scorecard” 40%
  11. Environment Texas – Positions 38%
  12. Environment Texas – Lifetime Scores 38%
  13. Texas League of Conservation Voters – Positions 43%
  14. Texas Association of Business – “For the Record” 65%

He shows that he does not want equal rights in Texas, he wants to have open legal discrimination against LGBT individuals. he wants everyone to be armed though, even in school in the church. but he does not want equality, and he does not want constitutional rights to be enforced.

The following elected officials have voiced their opinion for Bonnen to resign:

  1. State Rep. Steve Toth (R–The Woodlands) was the first to react after the audio became public, saying in an official statement, “Speaker Bonnen needs to resign as speaker immediately. “
  2. State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler) told the Tyler Morning Telegraph, “The behavior we tolerate becomes the standard we set. The transcript released today confirms that a serious breach of integrity has been committed on multiple levels. Speaker Bonnen should resign.”
  3. State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R–Fredericksburg) doubled down on his initial call for Bonnen to resign, having done so following his listening to the recording privately as far back as August. Biederman told Texas Scorecard, “We must take swift action to replace the current leadership and restore the public trust in the Texas House and the Republican caucus.”
  4. State Rep. John Smithee (R–Amarillo), stated “I think almost anyone who listened to the tape had to be sickened and disgusted by what they heard,” Smithee told another North Texas news outlet. “It exposed an underbelly of a culture of corruption in Texas politics [that] I think is probably inexcusable.”
  5. State Rep. Phil Stephenson (R–Wharton), who is mentioned several times as a target throughout the recording, had previously called for Bonnen’s resignation during the summer. On Wednesday he said it was State Rep. Travis Clardy (R–Nacogdoches), who is also suggested as a potential target by Bonnen during the recording, has so far stopped short of explicitly stating Bonnen must resign but expressed on Tuesday that Bonnen had done “irrevocable damage” to the Republican caucus.“time to cut the head off the snake.”
  6. On Wednesday afternoon, State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington) released a statement calling for Bonnen’s resignation. “The Texas House cannot tolerate deception from our leaders,” he said. “While an investigation is currently underway, it is not up to the Texas Rangers to decide whether Dennis Bonnen is fit to remain Speaker of the House. Regardless of their findings, I (along with many constituents in House District 94) feel he should resign.”
  7. State Rep. Ernest Bailes (R–Shepherd) stated on Wednesday that he was disappointed in Texas House leadership and “I will not stand for it.”
  8. State Rep. Tan Parker (R–Flower Mound) also called on Bonnen to resign. In a statement, he said, “If we cannot honor our commitments as elected officials between each other, I am not sure how the Texas House upholds the trust of the people of Texas.” He added, “We need to restore the confidence in leadership, and I believe speaker Bonnen should resign for the House to heal and move forward.”
  9. State Rep. Trent Ashby (R–Lufkin) stated a local news outlet, saying, “I condemn the actions of Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, and I believe he should step aside so that we can properly begin the healing process.”
  10. State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R–College Station) told 1620 AM WTAW, the release of the recording was, “disheartening.” “It puts us in a bad spot,” Kacal continued. “I serve to do what’s right for House District 12, and we don’t need this kind of drama. Texas is usually above board and does what’s right and that’s what leads this country to its success. It’s a sad day in Texas when we fall to this kind of politics.”

The following elected officials have voiced their opinion for Bonnen and Burrows to resign to resign

  1. Retiring State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford), one of the first to call for Bonnen’s resignation following news of the meeting being made public, was characteristically concise and colorful in his reaction. “TOLD YA!!!!!” Stickland said in a Twitter post.
  2. San Angelo Republican State Rep. Drew Darby said the same, saying, “This has gone on for too long.” “It is time for the House to begin to heal and rebuild trust, and that can only be accomplished when Speaker Bonnen and Representative Burrows are no longer in leadership positions,” said Darby.
  3. A spokesperson for State Rep. Steve Allison (R–San Antonio) told Texas Scorecard Allison stands behind the statement released August 7th for the time being, which reads, “The conduct of Speaker Bonnen and Representative Burrows is too self-evident and cannot be condoned. I would be remiss if I did not speak out against such conduct. It is time for Speaker Bonnen and Representative Burrows to be held accountable for their actions.” Allison is also quoted Thursday morning in The Federalist, discussing the political implications of the fallout. Bonnen has roughly $3 million in campaign funds dedicated to keeping a Republican majority in the Texas House. Allison suggested those funds may be tainted as well. “‘I don’t see how any of us [Republicans in the House] could take any money from him,’ saying at this point he would feel obligated to refuse campaign contributions if they were offered.”

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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. 

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