Briscoe Cain Has Proved Ineffectual at Chairing the House Elections Committee. So Why Does He Have the Job?
In February, when the new Speaker of the Texas House, Dade Phelan, appointed Deer Park republican Briscoe Cain as chair of the Elections Committee, many were surprised by the decision. Cain had earned a reputation among Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike as a provocateur at best and a legislative lightweight at worst. In 2017, the representative attempted to kill funding for a state palliative care program seemingly without knowing the definition of “palliative care,” as questioning subsequently revealed. Two years later, Twitter temporarily banned him for responding to Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s call to confiscate AR-15 rifles with a tweet that read, “My AR is ready for you.” The representative’s ascendancy to the committee chairmanship, in other words, was not evidence of meritocracy. Why had Phelan…View Original Post
Source: Texas Monthly