We got word this morning that State Rep. Clay Cox will run for Speaker Pro-Tem, which is being vacated by Mark Burkhalter. Here is the letter he sent to the House Republican Caucus:
It’s been a tough couple of weeks, and we are now faced with not just finding new leadership but hopefully forging a new direction for our caucus and our chamber.
To that end, I am announcing my candidacy for Speaker Pro Tempore of the House.. I do so because I believe that the new brand of leadership in our caucus, and for our cause, should look and act differently. If we truly want to move our agenda of conservative constitutionalism forward, we must do so in a way that says to our citizens that the partying- mentality is over. We must get down to serious business. The challenges we face demand nothing less.
As many of you know, I am founder and CEO of a large multi-state corporation. Over the last 18 years, I have perfected a brand of leadership for myself and my management team that we call “Listening Leadership”. Listening Leadership begins with the leader’s vision for an organization. The leader then utilizes the human resources within the organization to perfect the vision and develop
strategies to implement a common vision.
As Speaker Pro Tem, this will be my approach- because I believe that our leadership has lacked in listening. As a result, our citizens sadly question our vision, let alone our ability to achieve one. Together we will restore confidence in our caucus and develop a legislative vision that our people will be proud to support: one of creative strategies to reduce how much we tax the fruits of their labor and improve the way we serve their families and businesses.
These are the things that successful business leaders do everyday- if they involve the intellect that surrounds them.
Politically and personally, you all know me by now. I am a conservative fiscally and socially. I’m a pro life Christian, and I firmly believe that our founders got it right the first time. I was our party’s nominee for Congress (13th) in 2002, and I have served you as Chief Deputy Whip and as Hawk. You also know that I go home at night to my wife and children- and that will not change.
It is time that we grant positions of leadership based on leadership ability. I possess that ability, and respectfully seek your support.