Scott Braddock Talks Election Day and the Governor’s Power
Friday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, editor of the Quorum Report Scott Braddock joined Dave and Matt to talk about the national election this year compared to 2018, a race for Speaker of the Texas House, the Texas House, redoing the Census, the Governor's emergency power, and more.
Braddock started the discussion by talking about the national election, and saying that as far as Texas goes, we did actually have a blue wave in Texas, it just hit a big red brick wall, and the reason for that was that the republicans seemed to have their stuff together. Braddock compared this election to 2018, where he said that plenty of republican candidates were, "caught with their pants down", and didn't take things seriously with all the backlash to Trump and Cruz that was happening, and what Scott called "Beto-mania" that was going on at the time, plus the fact that in 2018 there was still straight ticket voting. Scott also said that if republicans had taken things more seriously back then, he doesn't think there would be 12 new democrats in the Texas House, 2 new democrats in the Texas Senate, and 2 congressional districts that turned democratic. Moving back to 2020, he went on to say,
Learning from that lesson of how they really suffered some losses in 2018, I think Republicans were ready to go, with money, with the kind of resources they needed, and a real strategy to hold the line.
Another question that Braddock was asked was if he thinks that Texas will push to restrict the Governor's power. There has been a lot of talk about the idea of restricting the Governor recently, especially after Abbott pushed for restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have questioned whether he needs to be reigned in. Despite this, Scott said that with so many people focusing on their reelections lately, that there has actually been less talk about the Governor, but now that election day has passed, we may start to hear it again. Braddock also mentioned that this talk is certainly not restricted to democrats or republicans, and the focus is not restricted to Abbott, but instead to any potential future Governor.
Read more stories at quorumreport.com and watch the full interview in the video above.