Two of the three official candidates for Speaker of the House will be at a meet-and-greet in Fort Worth tonight. State Reps. Warren Chisum and Ken Paxton, both Republicans, will attend a meeting organized by the 912 Project Fort Worth and the Tarrant Republican Assembly.
The event is being heavily promoted by area Tea Party groups fresh off midterm election wins. Several of the groups immediately jumped straight into the Speakers Race following Election Day. Communications from the groups to its members have criticized current House Speaker Joe Straus or questioned whether he is conservative enough to hold the position in next year's legislative session.
A spokesman for Straus' office confirmed this morning that Straus did not receive an invitation to tonight's event.
This week, some attacks on Straus from conservative activists have drawn criticism for delving into Straus' Jewish faith.