AUSTIN, Texas -- The fallout over a secret recording involving the Texas House speaker continues.
A small, but growing bipartisan group of lawmakers including those targeted on the recording, are now calling for Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, to resign.
The recording released this week by conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans confirmed Bonnen offered Sullivan press credentials to his group in exchange for politically targeting sitting House members.
Beyond that, it also exposed lawmakers' political targeting of cities and counties.
"I told them with great clarity, my goal is for this session to be the worst session in the history of the legislature for cities and counties," Bonnen can be heard saying on the recording.
"I hope next session's even worse," Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, added.
Bonnen then said he’s "all for that."
“It was appalling,” said Bennett Sandlin, the executive director of the Texas Municipal League, an interest group which lobbies on behalf of the majority of Texas cities. “You know; our mayors understand that our legislators aren’t always going to vote with the city interest but at least we want a seat at the table. But to be called names, to be called, quite frankly, dumbasses, that’s what mayors were called in this tape, is astonishing. We’ve never seen that level of personal rancor against cities and counties. It’s alarming.”
Click the video link above to watch our full interview with Sandlin.