State Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, is dropping his challenge to House Speaker Joe Straus and will vote for the incumbent when the House convenes later today, he said in a letter released this morning. Chisum writes that he'll go with the will of the Republican Caucus, which gave 70 of 100 votes to Straus in a straw poll yesterday afternoon.
Chisum's letter contradicts an announcement last night from Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, who claimed Chisum's support for his own challenge — a challenge he'll continue in spite of the caucus vote.
Chisum's letter follows:
My congratulations ...