In what might just be the toughest letter you'll see exchanged among legislative colleagues, state Rep. Burt Solomons today attacked state Rep. Leo Berman over his "conspiracy theories" regarding illegal immigration.

You'll recall that Berman, a Tyler Republican, is challenging House Speaker Joe Straus — and he's charged that the San Antonio Republican cut a deal with Democrats to block voter ID legislation and other measures.

The three things, according to Berman, were that there would be no votes on the House floor on Voter ID, immigration or pro-life legislation. He also accused Straus of intentionally blocking Voter ID by handing the gavel to Speaker Pro Tem Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, during last session’s partisan gridlock over Voter ID.

Solomons, a Republican who chairs the House State Affairs Committee, has a message for Berman. Here's the first line of the two-page letter:

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"You are a liar."

Read the full letter. It's a gem (even Pinocchio gets a mention):

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