He voted for a bipartisan group to investigate Jan. 6. Now it’s a campaign issue.

This week in Texas politics with The Texas Tribune.

By Alexandra Hart & Wells DunbarJanuary 7, 2022 11:35 am, , , ,

How conservative is conservative enough for Texas primary voters? We may soon have an answer.

Rep. Van Taylor, Republican congressman from North Texas, is “one of the most conservative lawmakers in Texas,” said Texas Tribune’s James Barragán. But a past vote connected to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol has become a reelection issue.

“He’s now in a primary,” Barragán said, and “the big question is over support for Trump, and questions about Jan. 6.”

Rep. Taylor voted for a bipartisan committee to investigate the day. The legislation failed, and no such bipartisan group was ever created. But still, Barragán said, “his opponents are wielding it as a cudgel against him, saying that he’s ‘gone Washington.’”

Listen to our Q&A above to learn more about this story and other happenings from the week in Texas politics, including the appeals court hearing of a challenge to Texas’ abortion law known as Senate Bill 8, and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

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