The following article, Fleeing Texas Democrats Sue Lone Star Governor for Emotional Distress, was first published on Flag And Cross.
They aren’t likely to start teaching this legislative maneuver in civics class any time soon, and with good reason.
A number of Texas Democrats from the state legislature decided that, instead of accepting defeat on a voting security bill bound for law, they would simply leave the Lone Star State in order to prevent an official vote from even occurring. The maneuver forced the state’s Governor, Greg Abbott, to threaten to arrest them upon their return and bring them directly to the congressional chamber to complete their public service.
Now, as these wayward lawmakers hole up in Washington DC, they are now suing Abbott over the emotional distress that their own decisions have caused them.
The Texas Tribune reported:
Twenty-two Texas House Democrats sued some of the state’s top Republican leaders in federal court in Austin late Friday, alleging that GOP officials’ efforts to bring them home for a special legislative session infringed on their constitutional rights to free speech and to petition the government for redress of grievances.
The lawsuit was filed on the final day of the first special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott — and on the eve of a second specially called legislative session — and names as defendants Abbott, House Speaker Dade Phelan and State Rep. James White.
The 22 Texas House Democrats filing the lawsuit were part of a larger group of over 50 who flew to Washington, D.C., to prevent the Texas legislature from voting on an election and voting reform bill.
Then came the more inventive language.
The Texas House Democrats, according to the complaint, have been “deprived of liberty for substantial periods of time, suffered much anxiety and distress over separation from their families, and much discomfort and embarrassment.” They further claimed their “reputations” have been “impaired.”
The choice to leave for Washington DC was not made by Greg Abbott, however, and this remains the key to understanding the lack of culpability the Governor is facing.
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