Texas AG Paxton calls on House Speaker Phelan to resign after viral video, accusations of impairment

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan is facing a new call to resign - from fellow Republican and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Paxton, in a statement posted to Twitter, called on Phelan to resign at the end of the legislative session, which ends next Monday.

"Texans were dismayed to witness his performance presiding over the Texas House in a state of apparent debilitating intoxication," said Paxton. "His conduct has negatively impacted the legislative process and constitutes a failure to live up to his duty to the public."

In a video widely circulated on social media over the weekend, Phelan can be seen presiding over the House late Friday night, slurring his words, with some observers alleging that Phelan was intoxicated.

So far, Phelan's office has declined any comment. Paxton's statement cited no evidence backing up the allegations.

"Texans were relying on the House to pass critical conservative priorities, including protecting the integrity of our elections and preventing Chinese spies from controlling Texas land," Paxton continued. "His failures as Speaker have created a credibility crisis for all Republican candidates and for our entire Party. While I hope Speaker Phelan will get the help he needs, he has proven himself unworthy of Texans' trust and incapable of leading the Texas House."

Paxton, in a separate letter, referred the matter to the House's General Investigations Committee. "Based on a review of Speaker Dade Phelan presiding over the House of Representatives in an obviously intoxicated state, I am calling upon the Committee to open investigation into Speaker Phelan for violation of House rules, state law, and for conduct unbecoming his position."

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