Bulletproof Tom, Bulletproof No More

How secure is Speaker Craddick?

Of course, this wouldn't be an issue if state reps didn't have to see Smilin' Tom's ever-happy mug until the next regular session in 2009 - or at least the 2008 elections. But, then again, Gov. Rick Perry is a man who never met a special session he didn't like and has already made dark rumblings about not liking the transport bills on his desk.

Craddick may have fought off Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, for his beloved speaker's chair, but the mere fact that he was challengeable broke his magic aura of invincibility. Whether there's any truth to it or not, the rumor of a challenge just shows that, if it comes down to another speaker race next session, Craddick may not win so handily.

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