Updated to add Lt. Gov. Dewhurst statement

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte is taking issue with comments made by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a Dallas debate. Challenger Sen. Dan Patrick took aim at Dewhurst’s legislative committee appointments, accusing him of naming too many Democrats to important seats.

Dewhurst responded with this remark:

“I’ve been reducing the number of Democratic chairs since I came in. You know how many committees we have? Seventeen. You know how many Democratic chairs we have? Five. So I’ve been reducing them, and not one of them is one of the critical committees.”

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, who is chair of the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations committee, responded quickly on Twitter. Today, she sent a letter to Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, expressing her “great shock” that he was implying the committee’s work “wasn’t important.”

“As a Democrat in the state of Texas, I would understand if you attacked me personally at a Republican political debate.” Van de Putte said. “However I take great exception with dismissing the work of the committee which I chair, particularly because the VAMI committee works hard to protect the men and women that defend your right to freely debate.”

A spokesperson for Lt. Gov. Dewhurst issued this statement in response to Sen. Van de Putte’s letter.

“Lt. Governor Dewhurst believes every committee in the Texas Senate addresses issues important to Texans. As a veteran of the United States Air Force and foreign officer in the C.I.A., David Dewhurst has always supported veterans and was proud to preside over the passage of legislation such as SB163, which awards a 100% property tax exemption to spouses of active duty service members who were killed in action, and SB 162, which helps ease the transition of service members and their families to civilian life.” – Travis Considine, Spokesperson For Lt. Governor David Dewhurst

Sen. Van de Putte has been rumored to be considering a run for Lieutenant Governor. She hasn’t given any indication as to whether or not she’ll get in the race.

The full letter is below the jump.