Texas Republican Scandal

In this May 15, 2015, file photo, Texas Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, talks to the media at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas Republicans are reeling from an internal scandal, involving Bonnen and a hardline conservative activist, that could threaten their long dominance of the state Legislature in the nation's most populous conservative state. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN, Texas  — The Texas House speaker offered lawmakers a vague apology Tuesday for "embarrassing" and "hurtful" things he said on a secretly-recorded conversation with a hardline conservative activist in a scandal that has rocked state Republicans.

The apology from first-term Speaker Dennis Bonnen didn't detail what was said, and it notably avoids mention of an alleged "hit list" of Republican lawmakers to target in the upcoming 2020 primary.

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