The left totally believes that there are rules out there for everyone to follow but they do not need to follow them.
We have seen this time happen within the Democrat party and time again, but this time they were caught.
If you remember, last week, a gaggle of Dems hopped a plane, maskless, to avoid a very important election integrity bill.
Think about it, guys, if any of us just hopped a plane to avoid work we would be fired on the spot. No questions asked at all, right?
So, the question is what are the options for any sort of repercussions for these insubordinate public officials?
One of the options for Republicans to hold these Democrats responsible is to remove legislators from their posts.
That would be the logical solution for anyone else in the world.
This is why Dade Phelan, the House Speaker, moved forward and announced the removal of the first Texas Democrat Thursday Morning.
Texas Democrat Representative Joe Moody has been removed from his position as speaker pro term in the Texas House, effective immediately.
Joe Moody came out with a statement shortly after defending his actions and “values” while saying his dad and husband titles will never change.
Austin American-Statesman has more on the story:
El Paso Democratic Rep. Joe Moody was removed from his post as speaker pro tempore of the Texas House on Thursday, as Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, exercised one of the few options available to Republicans who remain at the state Capitol to punish quorum-busting Democrats in Washington.
Phelan on Thursday also announced that he plans to charter a plane that will be “on standby” in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, ready to bring lawmakers back to Austin.
“I am demanding all of our colleagues in D.C. to contact my staff immediately in order to secure their seat on the plane and return to Austin in order to do the state’s business,” he said in a statement. “The State of Texas is waiting.”
Without a quorum in the chamber, House Republicans cannot act on legislation and are limited in actions they can take against Democrats who left the state to block passage of a GOP priority elections bill.
On Tuesday, lawmakers voted to order state law enforcement officers to track down absent members, and some also sought to remove Democrats from committee leadership positions, but Phelan said that was not permitted under House rules.
The speaker pro tem presides over the Texas House when the speaker is absent. The position is different from committee leadership positions, and, in his order detailing his decision to strip Moody of the title, Phelan cited a House rule as authorizing the move.
Moody has served as speaker pro tem for two legislative sessions and was first appointed in 2018 by then-House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Lake Jackson, becoming the first El Paso lawmaker to be named to the post.
Moody declined to comment on the decision to the American-Statesman, but he addressed the news in a tweet: “The most important titles in my life will never change: Dad, Husband, El Pasoan. Nothing political has ever even cracked the top three, so nothing has changed about who I am or what my values are.”
Phelan also called on the absent members to return their legislative $221 per diem to the state for each of the days they’ve spent away from their duties in Austin.
He released a list of names of 47 members who have not started the process of returning the dollars to the state treasury.
State Rep. Lina Ortega of El Paso is one of a handful of members who has agreed to return the money to the state. Speaking from her hotel in Washington, she said it was a personal decision and she supports her colleagues who have chosen otherwise.
With Joe Moody removed from their house of cards, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the Texas Democrats come crumbling down.