The Texas Democrats who fled their home state to avoid voting on measures to protect the integrity of their own elections have continued to take fire for their decision.
Now, however, it seems to be getting more serious.
The Texas Speaker of the House, a Republican, has now signed an arrest warrant for the Democrats involved. (Story continues below.)
“As a condition of being granted permission to temporarily leave the House floor, Rep. Cortez promised his House colleagues that he would return,” the speaker said. “Instead, he fled the state.”
Whether the threats of arrest are legitimate or mere political posturing remains to be seen.
Regardless, the Texas Dems have continued to take criticism, most recently for their request that food donations be sent to them.
“Our Dems in DC said they’d appreciate care packages from home,” Dallas Democrats said on Twitter. “Before 5pm Tues, we’re collecting Dr. Pepper, salsa, hard candy, hairspray, travel toiletries, hand sanitizers, sewing kits, first aid, and/ or $ to pay shipping. TY!”
Their request for “care packages” drew scorn from the media and Americans on Twitter.
“Do you realize they are getting $221 a day per diem from the taxpayers?” Dana Perino said on Fox News. “If you are somebody going to put together a care package for these people, think about the homeless in your area. The people that are going to a food bank in your area. Do not send one thing to these TikTok Texas Democrats.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been steadfast in his condemnation of the Democrats’ decision.
“Texas Democrats’ decision to break a quorum of the Texas Legislature and abandon the Texas State Capitol inflicts harm on the very Texans who elected them to serve,” Gov. Abbott said. “As they fly across the country on cushy private planes, they leave undone issues that can help their districts and our state. The Democrats must put aside partisan political games and get back to the job they were elected to do. Their constituents must not be denied these important resources simply because their elected representative refused to show up to work.”