Straus TEC Appointee: NRA is “America’s ISIS”

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House Speaker Joe Straus is poised to appoint to the Texas Ethics Commission a Democrat who believes it is time to “dismantle the NRA” and who has compared the 2nd Amendment organization to the terrorist group ISIS.

According to records obtained by Texas Scorecard, Austin divorce attorney and far-left activist Anne Wynne is telling Democratic legislators that Straus has agreed to appoint her to the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC).

Last December, Wynne re-tweeted a tweet calling the National Rifle Association “America’s ISIS” and asking for retweets if followers believed “it is time the [sic] we dismantle the NRA.”

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In an email to staffers for Austin Democrats Celia Israel and Donna Howard, Wynne says that at Straus’ request she will be replacing Paul Hobby, a Houston Democrat and former chairman of the TEC. Hobby has continued to serve on the commission despite his term expiring eight months ago.

Hobby’s tenure on the TEC has been highly controversial. He has pushed the commission to implement draconian regulations designed to suppress the free speech rights of citizens. The regulations have spawned a series of lawsuits from conservative organizations that are fighting to defend the First Amendment.

The appointment of Wynne to succeed Hobby would not just be a doubling down by Straus on Hobby’s anti-speech policies. The appointment of the far-left LGBT rights activist would push the commission’s anti-conservative agenda into overdrive.

This is the first part of a developing investigation into Wynne’s extremist positions.


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Cary Cheshire leads the Capitol Bureau for Empower Texans & Texas Scorecard. A 6th Generation Texan, Cary attended Texas A&M University was active in a number of conservative causes including Ted Cruz's Senate campaign. He has also worked on campaigns to elect conservatives to both Congress and the Texas Legislature. Cary enjoys college football, genealogy research, and the occasional craft beer.

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