The race for House Speaker was a story with little news value outside of Texas before some comments and emails from conservative activists highlighted Speaker Joe Straus' Jewish faith.
That prompted more attention to the race and questions of whether Tea Party activists were using anti-semitic attacks.
Today, two different Jewish media outlets outside of Texas weighed in on the race and the long-term impact and came to very different conclusions.
Tablet, a New York-based online magazine that describes itself as "A New Read on Jewish Life," published a piece that argues that Straus' faith is a clear part of the effort to replace him with a Christian Republican as House Speaker
"What is clear is this: Texas tea party activists are targeting Straus, a fiscal conservative, as somehow culturally and ideologically alien, and at least some of his enemies are using religion against him," writer Michelle Goldberg wrote.
Goldberg goes on to declare that "Straus isn’t being targeted solely because he’s Jewish. Rather, his religion is part of a constellation of characteristics that puts him outside the Tea Party fold."
Meanwhile the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), a kind of international wire service for Jewish publications, has a completely different take on the speaker's race.
"In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in.
Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by evangelical Christians to unseat the powerful Jewish speaker of the Texas House of Representatives because he wasn’t a 'true Christian conservative.'
Speaker Joe Straus still faces opposition from his right flank because of his relatively moderate views, but his opponents have made clear that Straus’ Judaism is not a factor in the Jan. 11 race to be speaker."