By Ross Ramsey
Paul Bettencourt says — emphatically — that he committed no political sin by holding a Senate hearing on property taxes in San Antonio before the primary elections.
It wasn’t a slap at House Speaker Joe Straus, says the Republican state senator from Houston. He did not invite Straus challenger Jeff Judson to testify at that hearing, but also had no means, or reason, to bar him from testifying. It was not an effort to give the speaker’s challenger a forum or to spotlight him. Judson showed up on his own — like any Texan can do, Bettencourt says — to say he is no fan of high property taxes.