According to Lege lore, in person and socially, Smilin' Tom is one of the nicest people with whom you could hope to talk state business. But once that House gavel is in his hand, it's Tough Guy Tom all the way. His interpretation of House rules was widely seen as a dictatorial power grab, but he defended it as the only way to run the chaotic chamber. Like him or hate him, Craddick defined the Lege this year.
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