Some two hours later, after hundreds of people called out his comment, he added: “Disruptive behavior of pro-abortion crowd was encouraged by some Texas House Democrats.”
Zedler was the author of H.B. 650, known as the Birther Bill, which would have required all presidential and vice presidential candidates to submit a birth certificate to Texas officials for examination before they could be placed on the statewide ballot. That bill died in committee at the beginning of May. He was also behind a failed push earlier this year to shutter all the LGBT centers on Texas college campuses.
Although Republicans initially claimed the vote passed with seconds to spare, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) later took the Senate floor to announce the bill had failed.
Zedler did not respond to inquiries on Twitter or an email to his campaign website. A message left with his office in the Texas Capitol was not returned, and a phone number on his campaign website was no longer in service.
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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