Archive for May, 2014

Update: Ron Paul endorses David Dewhurst

Updated to include Dewhurst statement.

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul has endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his GOP primary runoff re-election bid. Dewhurst faces State Sen. Dan Patrick, who came in first in the four-candidate field back in March.

According to a story by Brietbart Texas, Paul’s support of Dewhurst comes following Thursday’s endorsement of Dewhurst by former lieutenant governor candidate, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

Paul, a former presidential candidate with a huge following from both Tea Party faithful and Libertarians, had endorsed Patterson during the primary. Patterson ended in fourth place in the initial field of candidates that also included Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who came in third. Staples has said he will not endorse anyone in the runoff.


Dewhurst released this statement in response to Paul’s endorsement:

“I am humbled to earn the support of a straight-talking Texan like Ron Paul. As well as anyone, he shares my deep and abiding concern that an out-of-control federal government is one of the greatest threats to individual liberties in our time. That concern has driven my successful efforts to stop the expansion of Medicaid, keep Texas out of the Obamacare exchanges and secure funding to secure the Texas border in the face of Washington’s abject failure. As his supporters get a closer look at my track record of cutting taxes, limiting spending and keeping government out of people’s way. I look forward celebrating a victory with them after the runoff vote on May 27th and again in November.”


Jerry Patterson lists Top 10 reasons he is not endorsing Dan Patrick

Land Commissioner and former lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Patterson made his endorsement of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst official, today. He did it in true Patterson form, with a Late Show style Top 10 reasons he is not supporting Sen. Dan Patrick.

Listed among the reasons is an accusation that Sen. Patrick dodged the draft during the Vietnam war. “I’m a retired Marine with 24 years of service. I’m a Vietnam veteran. My son is a Marine, currently on active duty. Military service is a big deal to me,” Patterson said. “It’s my view that Dan Patrick needs to explain how he failed to be drafted in 1970, 1971 or 1972.” 

According to Patterson, based on the draft lottery system and Patrick’s date of birth, he would have been called into service, unless he had a deferment. We have reached out to the Patrick campaign about the accusation. They said Patrick was drafted but was excused for medical reasons. We are expecting more details in a press release, later today.





Dueling ‘Frozen’ themed attacks in Lt. Gov. race

Sen. Dan Patrick is firing back on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s latest attack ad with his own “Frozen” themed response. He posted this
GIF-filled attack on his anti-Dewhurst website, DewFeed. It lashes out at Dewhurst for “lying about Patrick to hide his failed record,” and leading the Senate to “pass an expansion of in-state tuition and free healthcare for illegal immigrants.”

The website addition was in response to a new web ad released earlier by the Dewhurst campaign, called “The Ballad of Dannie Goeb.”

This latest round of online sparring comes just hours after the two Republicans faced off in a what can be described as nothing less than a grudge match in Dallas this morning.


New Dewhurst ad: ‘The Ballad of Dannie Goeb’

Just when we’d thought we’d seen it all in the increasingly ugly race for lieutenant governor comes The Ballad of Dannie Goeb. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst released this new web ad following a heated and animosity-filled debate in Dallas this morning.

The ad features Sen. Dan Patrick, sometimes clad in a princess dress, other times painted “Oilers Blue,” singing to the theme song from Frozen. The video speaks for itself:

Capital Tonight: Rep. Pickett maps out transportation funding options

A familiar political controversy has resurfaced in the race for Texas governor.

Democratic candidate Wendy Davis is accusing her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, of failing to do his job overseeing the state’s cancer-fighting agency. But as Davis denounced her opponent’s actions at an East Austin event Tuesday morning, Abbott supporters were there with a rebuttal.

In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we took a closer look at how Attorney General Abbott is connected to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and how his campaign team is responding.


The search for a long-term funding solution for Texas transportation continues. We checked in on a House committee looking at all the options, and we sat down with the committee’s chairman, Rep. Joe Pickett.


Sen. Ken Paxton’s campaign for Texas attorney general suffered another blow after a police association withdrew its endorsement. Our political strategists, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, weighed in on that development and more.

Capital Tonight: Does Dewhurst have new momentum heading into runoff?

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has picked up a last-minute endorsement in the runoff race against Sen. Dan Patrick, but is a former rival’s approval enough to overcome the double-digit deficit we saw in March?

In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we checked in on the latest in the lieutenant governor’s race, including new reports about Sen. Patrick’s financial history.


Gov. Rick Perry was back in the national spotlight this weekend with an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he shared more of his thoughts on a possible presidential run. The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to give his impression on that and more.


And it’s a been a big year for agricultural issues, from a dispute over land ownership to a sharp rise in beef prices. Gene Hall of the Texas Farm Bureau stopped by to explain things from a food producers perspective.

Patrick not surprised by Patterson’s endorsement of Dewhurst

Sen. Dan Patrick isn’t putting much stock in Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s new endorsement. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced yesterday that he would campaign for Dewhurst ahead of the May 27 runoff election. Patterson placed fourth in the Republican primary and has been one of Patrick’s more outspoken critics.

In a statement today, Patrick campaign manager Logan Spence said:

“Since his fourth place finish in the primary, Jerry Patterson has been helping Dewhurst, so this really come as no surprise to anyone.  Dewhurst and Patterson share the same Private Investigator and the same penchant for dishonesty and vicious personal attacks.  Republican Primary voters soundly rejected that in favor of Dan Patrick who offers conservative public policy solutions; and we expect the Republican Runoff voters to do the same.”

Patrick placed first in the GOP primary, ahead of Dewhurst by about 13 percent of the vote. It wasn’t enough, however, to win outright.

During the primary, Patterson hired a private investigator to look into Patrick’s previous business ventures. He discovered Patrick employed four undocumented workers at one of his Houston-area sports bars in the 1980s. Patrick has denied that he knew the workers were in the country illegally and maintained that he never offered to help the employees travel back and forth to Mexico.

Patrick to Dewhurst: “There he goes again”

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.”