Republican Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus announced on Wednesday that he would not seek re-election.
Straus, who is known for blocking extreme GOP legislation like to a bill to ban transgender bathroom rights, said that he hoped to find other ways to serve the state.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Straus was asked how his decision not to run would impact “rational Republicans” seeking office.
“I think that rational Republicans will survive their primaries just as they always have,” Straus opined. “It’s a myth that you have to be crazy to win a Republican primary for the Texas House.”
“A few don’t win,” he admitted. “But [most of them will] get re-elected.”
Straus’ remarks come just a day after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced that he would not run for re-election. Flake was widely expected to lose to a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.
Watch the video of Straus below.
Greta Thunberg slams climate change inaction as Davos awaits Trump
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday slammed global inaction on climate change in front of the world's top business leaders, as the annual Davos forum faced up to the perils of global warming while bracing for an address from US President Donald Trump.
The 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps resort got under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.
Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.
Trump arrives in Davos hours before impeachment trial reopens
US President Donald Trump arrived in Davos on Tuesday for the annual WEF forum, where he was to give a keynote speech just hours before his impeachment trial kicks into high gear in Washington.
Trump's Marine One helicopter touched down in the picturesque Swiss ski resort shortly ahead of his scheduled speech to the World Economic Forum, which this year is focusing on climate change.
He was also due to meet separately with the president of Iraq, Pakistan's prime minister and the head of the European Union executive body.
Meanwhile in Washington, Trump's impeachment enters a new phase in the Senate with legislators debating the format for the trial.
These corporations are spending the most to undo our democracy — thanks to Citizens United
It has now been exactly 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for special-interest political advertising in its Citizens United ruling. To mark the occasion, the Center for Responsive Politics has published an excellent report detailing how political spending has changed over the last decade.
One significant finding is that, although Citizens United overturned the prohibition on independent political expenditures by corporations, most companies have not taken advantage of that new right directly. The biggest surges in spending have come from wealthy individuals and from Super PACs.