Joe Straus, overwhelmingly reelected speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, strongly repudiated attacks on his Jewish faith. "Attacks on people's religious beliefs have no place in this House," Straus, a Republican, said Tuesday after winning the vote 132-15, according to reports filed via Twitter by KPRC, a Houston NBC affiliate. The KPRC reporter, Mary Benton, said Straus was given a standing ovation.
In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in.
An opponent of Joe Straus, the Jewish speaker of the Texas state Legislature, defended an e-mail in which he said he wanted "a true Christian, conservative running it."