Would GOP Balk if Democrats Back Bid to Oust Straus?

Joe Straus’ original sin, to hear some conservatives tell it, was to wrest the speakership from fellow Republican Tom Craddick in 2009 with a coalition that initially consisted of 15 Republicans and 70 Democrats.

In a party overwhelmed by hard-liners, Straus is still trying to smooth feathers ruffled by that first deal with the devil — even after his second legislative session in 2011 turned out conservative results that won boasts from Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst alike. Will Straus’ foes support someone else if it takes votes from liberal Democrats to mount a serious challenge ...

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