AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas House committee will begin investigating its own Speaker of the House, Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton. On Wednesday, the Republican Chair of the House General Investigating Committee, Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas, announced they’ll hold a hearing on Monday.
This announcement comes after the leader of a political non-profit Michael Quinn Sullivan accused Bonnen of a quid-pro-quo. Sullivan said Bonnen asked his group, Empower Texans, to target ten other Republicans in their re-election campaigns; in exchange, Bonnen would grant Sullivan’s group media credential giving them access to lawmakers on the floor. Sullivan claims he has audio of the entire meeting.
Bonnen denies the allegations and has called on Sullivan to release the audio of the meeting.
However, while Bonnen denies the media credential-for-campaign attacks deal, he does admit he said some offensive things during the meeting. Multiple sources and lawmakers who have heard the audio say Bonnen says offensive things about women and LGBTQ members of the Texas House.
On Tuesday, Bonnen released an email titled “I’m Sorry” apologizing to 150 Texas House members. “I said terrible things that are embarrassing to the members, to the House, and to me personally,” Bonnen wrote. “I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart. I ask for your forgiveness, and I hope to rebuild your trust.”