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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called on Republican state House Speaker Dade Phelan to resign after a video emerged of him appearing intoxicated during a session.
The video was taken Friday during a 14-hour session, KDFW-TV reported.
In a clip, Phelan appeared inebriated as he slurred his words to the point at which some of them were impossible to understand.
In a statement he posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Paxton called on Phelan to resign and seek “help.”
“After much consideration, it is with profound disappointment that I call on Speaker Dade Phelan to resign at the end of this legislative session,” he said. “Texans were dismayed to witness his performance presiding over the Texas House in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication.”
Paxton added, “His conduct has negatively impacted the legislative process and constitutes a failure to live up to his duty to the public. Texans were relying on the House to pass critical conservative priorities including protecting the integrity of our elections and preventing Chinese spies from controlling Texas land.
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