This weekend the Republican Party of Texas held their quarterly State Republican Executive Committee Meeting in Austin. Though activists have generated controversy over the Texas House Speaker’s race since the November elections, it was not adressed at the meeting. Instead, discussion focused on wide Republican gains throughout the state. Most notable South Texas victories were Francisco “Quico” Canseco for the 23rd Congressional District, Blake Farenthold for the 27th Congressional District, and Raul Torres for Texas House District 33.
Also discussed was the state of the budget. For the first time since 1992, the state party has no debt and has achieved more than $750,000 cash on hand. Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri, eliminated the inherited debt while supporting election efforts througout the state. Earlier last week Chairman Munisteri announced the launch of the first Rainy Day Fund and confirmed the party’s financial security.
Following budget updates, talks shifted to committee reports. Republican auxiliaries including the Texas Latino National Republican Coalition (LNRC) and Texas Young Republicans were unanimously approved for continued auxiliary status. Each organization addressed the committee regarding respective efforts for 2011.
RPT leadership agreed that the weekend’s gathering signified an historic shift in the unity and cohesion of the Republican Party of Texas.