Sad story noted on allhatnocattle. Texas Republicans are dissing Willie Nelson. The link to the story in the Houston Chronicle shows even Willie, who unfurls a stage-length stars and stripes during his live show, isn’t the Republicans’ idea of a good American.
A state legislator had proposed naming a 49-mile stretch of Texas Highway 130 being built around Austin in honor of the Texas country music singer.
But two Republican senators, Steve Odgen of Bryan and Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, said they didn’t want Nelson’s name on the road that crosses their districts, citing the musician’s fondness for drinking and smoking, and active campaigning for Democratic candidates.
While Willie is famous for smoking materials not associated with Republican senators, they do have some things in common. After all, most Republicans are busy either looking for ways to avoid paying taxes or giving themselves refunds on the few occasions they do.
“It’s frustrating, and sad in a way, but at this point, there is no reason to make this an unpleasant experience for anyone, especially Willie, so I’ll take no further action on the bill,” said state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, an Austin Democrat and the bill’s author.
Barrientos said he wanted to honor Nelson “for so much good music and so many good works.”