The Ninth District GOP is *the* Republican district in the state. 23 of 24 legislators in the Ninth District are Republican. Mike Evans is the DOT representative for the 9th District. Evans is largely supported down there. Tom Graves and others the Speaker punished are from the 9th District.
And they ain’t happy as a result.
The 9th District GOP met and passed a resolution 25-1 condemning the Speaker’s actions.
He might just want to avoid the 9th District. Of course, the 9th District probably will not be getting any more state dollars now either.