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Political Roundup: The House Speaker saga continues

We also discuss Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s statement confirming expletive-laden audio was her.

Houston Matters Political Roundup


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U.S. House Republicans are expected to try yet again to vote on a new Speaker in just a few hours. Today, it's Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, but it's not clear if he has the support necessary to win a majority vote or not.

In the audio above, we discuss the now three-week-plus House Speaker saga, and other developments in this week's political roundup, with University of Houston political science lecturer Nancy Sims, and professor of political science Brandon Rottinghaus, who also co-hosts Houston Public Media's Party Politics program.

We also discuss turnout for early voting so far, and developments in the Houston mayor’s race, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee releasing a statement late Monday, confirming and regretting audio released anonymously late last week, which captures her arguing with a Congressional staffer and firing off expletives and insults. The audio clip has been passed around a lot in recent days on social media. In a statement, Jackson Lee said "I recognize that in my zeal to do everything possible to deliver for my constituents I have in the past fallen short of my own standards and there is no excuse for that." Jackson Lee's campaign also said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle that the recording was a – quote – "low handed political tactic meant to discredit a thriving mayor campaign and district voters."

And we discuss how, in the days leading up to election day, while the candidates for mayor may not agree on everything, one unifying factor may well be their criticism of outgoing Mayor Sylvester Turner. We explore how that has become a phenomenon for term-limited officeholders.