Some of the qualities that appear to disqualify him might actually be assets for state Rep. Travis Clardy, who is running for speaker of the Texas House.
Clardy has served in the House for just three terms. He has not served as a committee chairman. He cannot point to a major piece of legislation that he has sponsored. And Clardy’s District 11 in East Texas has no major metropolitan area to give him clout.
“I can’t see him being chosen speaker,” Mark Jones, a Rice University political science professor, said. “At most, he’s a bit player.”
Depending upon how much the conservative wing of the party has to say about who will replace outgoing Speaker Joe Straus, Clardy could also be viewed as hopelessly moderate, Jones said.