State Rep. Bryan Slaton with his wife and son in a screen cap taken from his campaign website, BryanSlaton.com. The Texas House General Investigating Committee is recommending that state Rep.
Bryan Slaton — the Republican who helped kick off the wave of anti-drag queen bills introduced in Texas because drag queens groom children — be expelled from the Legislature for having an inappropriate relationship with a House intern under the age of 21, according to a breaking news report from The Texas Tribune. The recommendation comes after a Capitol employee filed a complaint in April alleging that Slaton, a married 45-year-old former youth pastor, had invited a young woman on his staff to his Austin condo late on a Friday night in March, provided her with alcohol and then had sex with her. (Providing alcohol to some under the legal drinking age is a crime in Texas, by the way.) Republican Rep.
Andrew Murr, chairman of the House General Investigating Committee, speaking on the House floor said “expelling Slaton was necessary to protect the ‘dignity and integrity’ of the Legislature, the Tribune reports.
Slaton has refused to comment but after the complaint was filed last month, his attorney issued a statement calling the allegations “outrageous” and “false.” Slaton, who is from Mineola, Texas, and is in his second term representing the 2nd District, announced in June 2022 that he intended to file a bill in the 87th Texas Legislature (the current session) to bar minors from attending any kind of drag show. He made the announcement after a right-wing group calling itself Protect Texas Children showed up in Oak Lawn on June 4 to harass families attending a family-friendly drag show held early that afternoon at the Cedar Springs