December 19, 2006

Did Craddick commit perjury?

According to this article in the Texas Observer, it's possible. It appears that the TRMPAC transactions he claimed to know little about may be tied closer to him than anyone suspected.

It was an influential Austin lobbyist for the industry, Neal “Buddy” Jones, a friend of Craddick, who had arranged the meeting. Winkle wasn’t there just to discuss policy, though. At some point during the dinner, he handed Craddick an envelope containing a $100,000 check. ... But records recently obtained by the Observer suggest that Craddick was far more than simply a courier that night. It appears his office was involved in soliciting and collecting campaign money from Winkle and other special interests whose preferred legislation he would later push through the House.

Methinks it's time to start putting some pressure on members of the House to make sure he does not end up as Speaker. If pay to play is ever going to be stopped, Craddick can not occupy the dais.

Posted by mcblogger at December 19, 2006 09:04 AM

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