Last Updated on April 28, 2021
National File obtained a radio ad that began airing this morning that features the voice of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller that excoriates Texas Rep. Dustin Burrows, who heads the Texas House Calendar Committee, for slow walking HB 1399, which would effectively ban chemical castration of minors in the state.
Miller says Burrows is dragging his feet on the bill as the end of the legislative session approaches in a clandestine bid to prevent Texas from passing a bill similar to legislation passed in Arkansas that made national headlines when the legislature overturned an attempted veto by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
“You know that it’s wrong that sex change operations is perfectly legal on minors in Texas. Really? Hey, we don’t even allow minors to drink, buy cigarettes, vote, or engage in sexual activity. But we do allow them to have life-altering sex-change operations,” said Miller in the radio ad. “You know, House Bill 1399 will stop that here in Texas. By banning hormone, sex change and chemical castrations on minors.”
“One man standing in the way, that’s your Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock, who chairs the Calendars Committee and is holding up the bill because woke corporations put pressure on him. We need to fight back,” Miller declared. Miller then instructed listeners to call Burrows, and lists a phone number before asking listeners to “Tell Dustin that sex change operations on minors are just flat wrong” and “If he won’t stop them, you’ll replace him with someone who will.”
Burrows previously resigned from his position as Chair of the Texas House GOP caucus after he was caught in an audio recording plotting to target fellow Republicans who were political opponents of former House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Despite this, Burrows was reelected, and former Texas candidate for U.S. House Chris Ekstrom told National File that he is widely viewed as a “hatchet man” for Abbott and corporate interests in the state.
“We assume that Rep. Barrows was given this important position in order to protect the priorities of Governor Abbott and the current Speaker. He’s their hatchet man, he’s there to snuff conservative bills,” Ekstrom told National File. “I am horrified to realize I live in a Texas that is becoming a dystopia. Governor Abbott promised not to allow us to become California. He lied, Texas is on its way to California.”
“Abbott’s woke corporate cronies have decreed that we can’t be Texas anymore, and no one’s taken more money from them than Greg Abbott, no one in the country,” said Ekstrom. “Not even Joe Biden.”
Legislation forbidding minors from undergoing life altering surgeries and chemical castrations has become a major issue for conservative voters, with Fox News host Tucker Carlson lambasting the Arkansas governor when he attempted to prevent similar legislation from passing. Hutchinson later had his veto overridden by a majority of the Arkansas legislature, effectively preventing chemical castration of children in the state.