Bulletproof Tom, Bulletproof No More
How secure is Speaker Craddick?
By Richard Whittaker,
10:17AM, Mon. May. 14, 2007
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.