David Dewhurst & Greg Abbott Consider Charges Against Student Who Led Eyes of Texas

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Leigh Larson, a leader of and organizer with College Kids For Wendy, is now becoming another face of the movement to Stand With Texas Women. Much like Martha Northington, Larson has received a lot of plaudits for leading the “Eyes of Texas” in the Capitol Rotunda at the end of Tuesday night's citizen filibuster.

Now Lt. Governor David Dewhurst may have his eyes on her. She has received notice that the Lt. Governor may be considering pressing charges on her along with others for “disturbing the peace” and “inciting a riot”.

I was sitting with Leigh when she first heard the rumor and she had the following response:

“I'm not gonna worry about it, I have a Spanish test on Tuesday.”

Brilliant. I imagine Ann Richards would be proud.

The past few days have seen Dewhurst go off the rails in his attempt to explain what happened that night the Senate gallery was forcibly cleared. Rumors are floating around that he is considering arresting House members who were on the Senate floor, and has publicly stated that he will look at tapes to determine if he can prove members of the media were stoking the crowd. However, he has since dropped the idea of charges for media.

Watch the “Eyes of Texas” video that Dewhurst may think is criminal below the jump.The Dallas morning news reports that Dewhurst is willing to close the gallery. Another conjecture around the Capitol is that Dewhurst would like to avoid another show like Tuesday night with officers filmed dragging people out of their seats.

One option he is considering is clearing the floor (of Senators) instead of the gallery of people. The logic goes, if folks see Senators vacate the floor eventually they will leave the gallery and allow time to Senators to quickly return and pass the bill. No word on how he plans to get Democratic Senators to leave.

Dewhurst told Hot Air in an interview that spectators were  “throwing things down on us from the gallery,” but from the pictures of the floor all we can see being thrown was the peace sign.

The conversation that has really been going on amongst the thousands of people who watched the events in person and online has focused on investigating Dewhurst for the change of timestamp in order to make it appear the bill was passed before the 12am deadline. Dewhurst explained to Hot Air that the bill has passed but they merely didn't have it signed. Tough luck. It is clear that he is losing control and there are folks on both sides ready to pounce on the opportunity.

Even members of the Senate are questioning his leadership. The photo at riht is from Dan Patrick's campaign for Lieutenant Governor. With the GOP divided it will be interesting to see how Democrats can come together and maximize this opportunity to expose to a dormant voting population what Republicans are really up too.

Here is the “unruly mob” and its leader signing “Eyes of Texas.” Dewhurst, I think this one's for you…

From First person:

Clarity:The original post has been updated to clarify that Larson did not work for Davis's campaign.


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Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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