The AP reports that Rep. Brian Kelsey tried to barter for a committee chairmanship:
Reps. Mike Turner and Gary Odom say Kelsey made the offer in a text message sent to a Williams aide the same day that a 2-year-old allegation of sexual harassment against the speaker came to light.
One day later Kelsey filed an ethics complaint seeking to have Williams removed as speaker.
According to Turner, the Jan. 20 message said: “I will talk about reconciliation if you make me a full committee chair.”
Kelsey denied to AP that he had sent any text message.