Even before Governor Perry tossed his hat in the ring for a Presidential run, I was wondering if Straus would be Governor upon the election of Perry for President and Dewhurst for US Senate. Apparently I am not the only one wondering what would happen if our Governor and Lt. Governor were elected to new offices at the same time, although their respective terms do not end until 2014.
Senator Dan Patrick wrote a Note on his Facebook Fan Page discussing this very issue. Apparently, according to Patrick, this has never happened in Texas and there are no clear cut guidelines in the Constitution or elsewhere. He has been tracking down and discussing this probability for the last year.
His conclusion that:
“However, if any member attempts to put together a coalition of 3 other Republicans, plus their own vote, and 12 Democrats to reach 16, to become either Governor or Lt Governor, I want to be there to try and stop that from happening. Republican voters would be outraged, and justifiably so, if a few Republicans joined Democrats to elect our interim Lt. Governor or interim Governor.”
is totally correct. If Democrats elect the replacements for our Republican Governor and Lt. Governor, this Great State would be ripped in battle much like DC is now.