Recently, Texas Democrats fled the state to avoid a quorum in the House, to stop the state GOP from passing a series of voting bills.
It was done as a statement, and many leftist politicians supported it. But the state of Texas, including the Governor, thought differently.
And now, they’ve issued an arrest warrant for one of the “fleeing” Democrats.
Immediately after the Democrat representatives left the state, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for the arrest of those reps.
The protesting Democrats fled to Washington D.C., and likely didn’t expect action to be taken against them.
But Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan has already made his move.
He’s specifically going after a left-wing representative from the city of San Antonio. And when this individual returns, he’s to be taken into custody.
Via The Daily Wire:
The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Dade Phelan, issued the civil warrant for the arrest of state Rep. Philip Cortez from San Antonio.
Phelan called on the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives to take Cortez “into your custody and safekeeping.”
According to the Texas constitution, they need two-thirds of the House to constitute a quorum.
That’s what the fleeing Democrats were avoiding, because they didn’t agree with the voting laws set to be considered.
Rep. Cortez initially wanted to help bring his fellow leftist politicians back.
He reportedly told Phelan that he wanted to “work on policy and find solutions to bring his colleagues back to Texas.”
But as Phelan told KVUE:
As a condition of being granted permission to temporarily leave the House floor, Rep. Cortez promised his House colleagues that he would return.
Instead, he fled the state and has irrevocably broken my trust and the trust of this chamber.
On the flip side, Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner praised Rep. Cortez.
He said they welcome Cortez back, and they support all 57 Democrats who broke quorum. He also said they have an “unrelenting commitment to protect the freedom to vote.”
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That might not stop the arrest from going through, though.
It’s an official civil arrest warrant, so Rep. Cortez might have to face some penalties, no matter what his Democrat peers say.