Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called on Republican state House Speaker Dade Phelan to resign after a video emerged of him appearing intoxicated during a session.
The video was taken Friday during a 14-hour session, KDFW-TV reported.
In a clip, Phelan appeared inebriated as he slurred his words to the point at which some of them were impossible to understand.
In a statement he posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Paxton called on Phelan to resign and seek “help.”
“After much consideration, it is with profound disappointment that I call on Speaker Dade Phelan to resign at the end of this legislative session,” he said. “Texans were dismayed to witness his performance presiding over the Texas House in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication.”
Unprecedented. Here is the video of the incident in question: #txlege https://t.co/LF6vH8WQkg pic.twitter.com/cXPIgVtuYx
— Matt Beebe (@TheMattBeebe) May 23, 2023
Paxton added, “His conduct has negatively impacted the legislative process and constitutes a