Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen is being accused of conspiring against Republican colleagues in 2020.
Michael Quinn Sullivan, the Executive Director of Empower Texans, claims Bonnen is trying to derail the campaigns of 10 members of the Texas GOP.
If true, this rumor could potentially hurt Bonnen’s reputation during the 2020 elections and into the 2021 legislative session.
The Texas Tribune reports that Sullivan and Bonnen met up after the 2019 legislative session.
At this meeting, Bonnen offered to extend an olive branch to Sullivan but with several conditions, all which the Tribune reported:
“He [Sullivan] said Bonnen offered to give long-denied House media credentials to Sullivan’s Texas Scorecard writers “if we would lay off our criticism of the legislative session, not spend money from our affiliated PACs against certain Republicans, and — most shockingly — go after a list of other Republicans in the 2020 primary elections.”
State Representative Dustin Burrows, the head of the House Republican Caucus, was present at this meeting as well. As Bonnen left the room, Burrows read off a list of the Republicans that needed to be targeted:
Steve Allison of San Antonio, Trent Ashby of Lufkin, Ernest Bailes of Shepherd, Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches, Drew Darby of San Angelo, Kyle Kacal and John Raney of College Station, Stan Lambert of Abilene, Tan Parker of Flower Mound and Phil Stephenson of Wharton.
Sullivan claims that he sent Bonnen and Burrows a letter “unequivocally rejecting” the deal and he published Bonnen’s reply which refuted Sullivan’s claims about Bonnen: “No offer was made to you of any kind, and thus, there is nothing for you or anyone associated with you to ‘reject,’” Bonnen wrote.
Like most conservative activists in Texas, Sullivan has been an outspoken critic of Bonnen throughout the 2019 legislative session. And for good reason.
One of the most important pieces of conservative legislation—constitutional carry—was killed during the 2019 session. This left many gun rights activists and their grassroots conservative allies angry.
With Texas becoming more competitive after the 2018 Senate elections, Republicans must start actually delivering results to their constituents.
If they don’t, they could see Democrats continue to gain ground.
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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