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A Texas House committee hearing was derailed after prank names like ‘Connie Lingus’ and ‘Anita Dickenmee’ were called for public comment

The Texas Committee meeting on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence on March 29.The Texas Committee meeting on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence on March 29.

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  • A Texas House committee meeting on March 29 took an unexpected and hilarious turn.
  • The meeting went awry when people submitted prank names like “Anita Dickenmee” and “Holden Middick.”
  • “OK, you got your moment. Hope you enjoy it,” Rep. Jeff Leach said after reading out all the names.

A Texas House committee meeting went awry after a series of prank names like “Anita Dickenmee” and “Holden Middick” were called out for public comment.

Texas State Rep. Jeff Leach, who chairs the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, held the meeting on Wednesday for Texans who wished to comment on various pieces of legislation.

People were allowed to put their names down for the event, but pranksters had different ideas. The list consisted of several fake names, all of which contained sexual innuendos.

“Is there a Connie Lingus here? What about Anita Dickenmee? Or Holden Middick? Ok, are any three of those people here?” Leach asked the room, drawing laughs from the audience. 

—Mike Sington (@MikeSington) March 30, 2023

 

He soon realised that he was being pranked. 

“OK, you got your moment. Hope you enjoy it,” he said. 

Leach said the prank gave him and his committee a much needed break.

“In the midst of the rough and tumble of politics and policy-making, it’s good to know we can still laugh and smile together,” Leach told Mediaite.

This is the second time in the last month that state legislators have been pranked by people at House committee meetings. At a meeting in Florida last week, Florida Republican Will Robinson Jr. read out names like “Anita Dick” and “Holden Hiscock.” 

—philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 23, 2023

 

Robinson joked about the snafu, tweeting on March 23: “Committee does meet again next week! Anita and Holden, please stop by!” 

This is not the first time a meeting like this in Texas has been derailed. Last May, the comedian turned far-right provocateur Alex Stein performed a rap about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during a city council meeting in Plano, Texas.

Representatives for Leach did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside regular business hours. 

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