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The Straus 85: Now It's 88

By Richard Whittaker, January 4, 2009, 11:59pm, Newsdesk

The list of pledges for Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, to become speaker is now out, and ever-growing. As of Sunday night, it stands at 88 (see below the fold for the complete list.)

Obviously, there's going to be some tea-leaf reading and entrail-checking to read some significance into who is and isn't on there.

The simple break-down: KVUE's Elise Hu is reporting that three more names have joined the original 85: Speaker Pro Tem Sylvester Turner, D-Houston; Representative-Elect Angie Chen Button, R-Richardson; And Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City.

Out of the original 85 names, 70 were Democrats and 15 were Republicans. The totals now stand at 72 Dems and 16 GOPers, with more expected to start announcing before tomorrow's press conference.

Does this mean that Straus is totally dependent on Democrats? Arguably, but possibly not. Since the Gang of 11 (the original Anyone but Craddick Republicans) had seven other speaker candidates in their roster, they may have more names in their back pocket, or at least the authority to leverage more backers now Craddick is out of the race. In fact, Straus has now picked up pledges from 12 other speaker candidates, which probably means he should file his own paperwork soon.

Apart from the Gang of 11, Straus has picked up five more GOP supporters: Dan Branch from Dallas, Gary Elkins from Harris, Todd Smith from Tarrant County, and members-elect Button and Doug Miller from New Braunfels.

Straus has picked up eight more Democrats beyond the original ABCDs (Anyone but Craddick Dems), including Austin's own Rep. Dawnna Dukes. However, this means that there are two Democratic hold-outs: Al Edwards and Harold Dutton of Houston. Again, don't leap to conclusions: Turner filed to run too, and there could be some strategizing going on there.

Here's a full list of Straus backers (* – Filed as speaker; XI – Original ABC-R):

Alma Allen (D)
Roberto Alonzo (D)
Carol Alvarado (D)
Rafael Anchia (D)
Valinda Bolton (D)
Dan Branch (R)
Lon Burnam (D)
Angie Chen Button (R)
Joaquin Castro (D)
Norma Chavez (D)
Ellen Cohen (D)
Garnet Coleman (D)
Byron Cook (R) *, XI
Yvonne Davis (D)
Joe Deshotel (D)
Dawnna Dukes (D)
Jim Dunnam (D)
Craig Eiland (D)
Rob Eissler (R) XI
Gary Elkins (R)
Kirk England (D)
Joe Farias (D)
David Farabee (D)
Jessica Farrar (D)
Kino Flores (D)
Stephen Frost (D)
Pete Gallego (D) *
Charlie Geren (R) XI
Helen Giddings (D)
Veronica Gonzalez (D)
Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (D)
Ryan Guillen (D)
Roland Gutierrez (D)
Joe Heflin (D)
Ana Hernandez (D)
Abel Herrero (D)
Scott Hochberg (D) *
Terri Hodge (D)
Mark Homer (D)
Chuck Hopson (D)
Donna Howard (D)
Delwin Jones (R) *, XI
Carol Kent (D)
Jim Keffer (R) *, XI
Tracy King (D)
Edmund Kuempel (R) *, XI
David Leibowitz (D)
Eddie Lucio (D)
Diana Maldonado (D)
Barbara Mallory Caraway (D)
Marisa Marquez (D)
Armando Martinez (D)
Trey Martinez Fischer (D)
Brian McCall (R) *, XI
Ruth Jones McClendon (D)
Jim McReynolds (D)
Jose Menendez (D)
Tommy Merritt (R) *, XI
Robert Miklos (D)
Doug Miller (R)
Joe Moody (D)
Elliott Naishtat (D)
Rene Oliveira (D)
Dora Olivo (D)
Solomon Ortiz (D)
Aaron Pena (D)
Joe Pickett (D)
Paula Pierson (D)
Jim Pitts (R) XI
Chente Quintanilla (D)
Richard Raymond (D)
Tara Rios Ybarra (D)
Allan Ritter (D) *
Eddie Rodriguez (D)
Patrick Rose (D)
Burt Solomons (R) *, XI
Todd Smith (R)
Mark Strama (D)
Joe Straus (R) XI
Kristi Thibaut (D)
Senfronia Thompson (D) *
Chris Turner (D)
Sylvester Turner (D) *
Allen Vaught (D)
Marc Veasey (D)
Mike Villarreal (D)
Hubert Vo (D)
Armando Walle (D)

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