Talk about strange bedfellows. A push to allow Tesla Motors from the oh-so-left-leaning San Francisco Bay area to directly sell its electric vehicles in Texas is being led by Republican Party leaders in the Lone Star State, the Dallas Morning News says. While US Rep. Roger Williams and former Republican national committeeman Bill Crocker, who both have connections to the Texas auto dealership sector, wanted to remove legal language that supported direct sales, but almost 90 percent of the more than 8,000 delegates at the state's recent GOP convention said the pro-Tesla language should stay.

Tesla has "galleries" in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, as well as four maintenance centers so that the 3,000-plus Texans that drive the electric vehicles can get them fixed. Even so, Tesla residents can't buy an electric vehicle at a gallery, and they have to make an appointment for a test drive. Inconveniently, those drives can only take place on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. Also inconveniently, Texans can only buy a Tesla online and need to change the vehicle's registration to Texas from California.

"We spoke to thousands of delegates who were surprised that the Texas Legislature is standing in the way of free markets and open competition in our state," said Tesla spokesman David White, in a statement to AutoblogGreen. "However, people across Texas are starting to weigh in on the issue of direct sales in a big way, and their support has been overwhelming."

Texas has long been a holdout when it comes to maintaining that all vehicles must be sold through third-party dealerships. Texas is the second-largest car market in the US after California, and Tesla has been lobbying for direct-to-customer sales there for at least three years. Last spring, Texas lawmakers rejected Tesla's efforts, even after the automaker spent more than $150,000 on lobbying efforts during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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