State GOP officials think it’s a bad idea
Former Sugar Land Congressman Tom DeLay has some ideas on how to fix Washington, but it’s not an idea that everyone agrees with.
DeLay told members of the Texas Patriot Tea Party that he wanted a revolution on the Constitution, to shut down every part of the federal government that is not specifically based on the Constitution.
“It’s time for a constitutional renewal, a constitutional revival,” DeLay said, adding that this revival is inherently linked to a “spiritual awakening” he sees happening across the country.
It's an idea that Steve Munisteri, Chairman of the Texas GOP, doesn't agree with.
“I don’t think it’s a good thing to always be shutting down the government,” Munisteri told KTRH.
But Munisteri told KTRH every idea deserves to be heard.
“Different factions will advocate different positions. That’s just the normal process,” Munisteri explained.
But DeLay has supporters, like Robert Gonzalez of the Clear Lake Tea Party.
“If we lose the Constitution, we lose this Republic. They go hand in hand,” Gonzalez said.
Munisteri thinks that in time the two factions of the Republican Party will come together, but Gonzalez says you shouldn't count on it.
“The two camps are so far apart that I don’t think it’s possible. There’s an ideological chasm between us,” Gonzalez stated.
KTRH tried to reach out to the former Congressman, but he did not return our calls for this story.