Sen. Dan Patrick is keeping the hits coming with a new anti-David Dewhurst television spot. The new ad, which is airing statewide, calls into question what Patrick calls Dewhurst’s “desperate campaign tactics.”

“When David Dewhurst is desperate, he spends his vast fortune personally attacking his opponents with lies,” Patrick said.  “We have seen it before.”

Yesterday, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst picked up an endorsement from former rival Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. Patterson, who placed fourth in the four person primary race, had thus far refrained from a formal endorsement. He had, however, been outspoken in his disdain for Sen. Patrick. In an interview here on Capital Tonight last month, he made it clear he had no intention of lending his support to the Patrick campaign.  “Politics is a gloves off sport,” he said. “But you can’t respect a person who makes stuff up along the way.”