Earlier in the week, we called for Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen to step down after it became clear that he is unfit for a leadership role based on his actions during a secretly recording released Tuesday.

We reiterate this call after Bonnen offered his resignation and then withdraw the proposal during the House GOP caucus retreat Friday in Austin. Lots of legislators including Trent Ashby of Lufkin and Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches want Bonnen gone from the third-highest constitutional office in the state.

We’re not sure what honeyed words he offered those he had betrayed, but we believe the best advice to Bonnen is that offered by Phil Stephenson to The Dallas Morning News earlier this week.

“Go home. You don’t need to be in the Legislature,” Stephenson said.

We won’t rehash the details of a secret audio recording released Tuesday, but know it featured plenty of despicable language, disloyalty to the Republican Party of Texas and more backstabbing than William Shakespeare’s “Julius Cesar.”

As common sense East Texans, we’re sincerely troubled by Bonnen’s targeting of local lawmakers and the disrespect he and Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock showed to them and the voters that send them to Austin.

Mr. Speaker, we say again, it is time to go. You’ve no longer needed in Austin. You’ve shown your true colors. Listen when we say step aside. Go home.

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