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Bryan Preston

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January 10, 2014 - 9:25 am

The buzz around Republican state Rep. Scott Turner has taken a sharp uptick. Fresh from his star turn keynote address at the Texas Public Policy Forum policy orientation on Wednesday, Turner has filed the paperwork to challenge state Rep. Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) for the gavel in the Texas House of Representatives. Turner announced his decision on Twitter today.

The conservative Republican former NFL star, who is a freshman in the Texas House, will be taking on an entrenched and powerful speaker who has beaten back several past challenges. Straus maintains his seat, ironically given the Republicans’ overwhelming majority in the House, by blending a unified Democrat caucus plus enough Republicans voting together to keep him as speaker.

Turner will be facing an uphill fight, but his entire life story is about taking on one uphill fight after another. He has shown during the TPPF forum in Austin this week that he can inspire like few others in the House, and I’m told by a reliable source that Turner brings strong policy acumen to the table as well. “He’s a wonk,” is what I’m hearing, who backs his speaking skills with detailed policy knowledge.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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What does Congressman Scott Turner's skin tone have to do with anything? He should be voted into the position because a) Joe Strauss is a weasel who is nothing more than a RINO b) he's qualified to occupy the seat and c) he is a conservative and not a faux conservative.
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Excellent news Mr. Turner. We need more people of color to show that we are the party of diversity. Your life story is an inspiration. It shows that any minority with an enormous level of physical ability can succeed in the USA. People of color everywhere should learn from you.
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What does Congressman Scott Turner's skin tone have to do with anything? He should be voted into the position because a) Joe Strauss is a weasel who is nothing more than a RINO b) he's qualified to occupy the seat and c) he is a conservative and not a faux conservative.
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It refutes the Dems assertion all "authentic" blacks are Democrats. That's worth a lot and has a something to do with it.
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Playing that game is morally wrong and a losing proposition, to boot.
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Especially if he has to pander to would-be Sheila Jackson Lees and Mickey Lelands to get the votes to beat Strauss
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Principles are more important than pigmentation.

We need conservatives with integrity. Joe Strauss has shown that he is more interested in playing political games than principles. Of course we want minorities or anyone else who are ethical and smart and conservative to lead us. The irony factor, confusing the liberal theme, that the so-called "racist" South and "racist" GOP would have an ethnic minority in a position of power and not as some back row token isn't lost on us.
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I knew he was a Fighting Illini, but once I learned more about his politics, I knew he couldnt have been an in-state recruit (born/raised in Richardson, TX).
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I wish him well in his race, but... 10 tackles, 2 sacks, and 5 INTs over an 8-year career is hardly an "NFL Star." (source: http://www.nfl.com/player/scottturner/2503427/profile )
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He may not be Joe Namath, but he's a lot closer to it than you are.
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Hit hit a lot of home runs, didn't he?
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Gee, here we go again.
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Go Mr.Turner ... You have been well prepared for this next step in your life;
America first!!!!!
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