Texas Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw is facing mounting calls to resign, in the aftermath of the Uvalde mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. Survivors’ families and gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke have called for McCraw to step down, following the revelation that 91 DPS officers were on scene at Robb Elementary, yet still delayed confronting the gunman for well over an hour.
Now a prominent Texas Republican is calling for McCraw’s ouster.
“This is Rep. Tony Gonzalez of Congressional District 23, which covers Uvalde,” says James Barragán, political reporter for The Texas Tribune. “This is different. In the past, it’s been Democrats; it’s been Beto O’Rourke, very recently. But never a Republican, seriously saying ‘Hey, there was mistakes made and he needs to go.’” Now that is happening. So it will be interesting to see whether this snowballs or is just one congressman who represents the district.”
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