May 13th - 12:45 pm
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is taking his recent endorsement of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst a step further, by appearing in a new campaign ad.
Entitled “Dan is Not the Man,” the ad features Patterson sitting at a table, cleaning his guns and telling the stories behind them. It’s not until halfway through the ad that Patterson introduces himself and talks about his former opponent in the Republican primary race for lieutenant governor, Sen. Dan Patrick.
“It’s pretty clear to me that Dan Patrick is not the right choice for Texas, and that David Dewhurst is,” Patterson says.
Patterson initially declined to endorse anyone after coming in fourth in the primary race, but got behind Dewhurst last week. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who was also a candidate for lieutenant governor, has so far decided not to back either candidate.
May 8th - 1:38 pm
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.”
May 8th - 1:02 pm
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.
May 5th - 8:07 pm
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.
ON THE AGENDA
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.
FARM TO CAPITOL
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.
May 5th - 4:19 pm
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.
Mar 27th - 8:43 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at a marathon effort to get people signed up in East Austin over the span of 36 hours, non-stop.
Of course, federal officials have since announced a major exception to the original deadline —one that has critics of the law fuming. Our Capital Commentators explored the political fallout from the latest delay, and they reacted to a new federal court ruling that upholds the abortion restrictions passed last summer.
OIL SPILL UPDATE
Crews on the coast are moving quickly to stop the spread of a massive oil spill in Galveston Bay. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson joined us with the latest on how his agency is helping coordinate the response.
Mar 6th - 8:49 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard from both sides of the abortion debate about what to expect heading into September, when a new portion of the law could lead to more closures.
He might be out of the race for lieutenant governor, but Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has no plans to fade away quietly. He joined us for a one-on-one interview about his campaign, the runoff race, and his potential successor in the General Land Office, George P. Bush.
Plus, Democratic strategist Harold Cook and Republican strategist Ted Delisi weighed in on the stories that got overlooked on election night.
Jan 8th - 12:00 pm
Jerry Patterson, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is boasting an endorsement from former Rep. Ron Paul today. Paul, who also ran for president in 2012, retired from the U.S. House of Representatives last year. Paul served several terms in Congress over the last few decades and has earned a reputation as a staunch conservative and self-proclaimed “defender of liberty.”
In a statement, Paul said:
“Jerry has served Texas well as Land Commissioner. I am now proud to endorse his campaign for Lieutenant Governor. I know Jerry will fight for limited government and more personal liberties. We have a federal government that is out of control, spends too much, borrows too much, taxes too much and continues to infringe on the constitution and states’ rights. This current administration has even gone so far as to sue states they disagree with. We need people in state governments that are willing to stand up to the federal government and say, ‘Enough is Enough.'”
Patterson said he’s honored to receive Dr. Paul’s endorsement. “We are both well-known for never compromising core values and for sticking to our principles in the pursuit of liberty,” he said. “For over 30 years, I have known and talked with Dr. Paul about our shared belief that our country needs a dramatic reduction in the size of government and a return to constitutional principles and I am very grateful for his support.”
Patterson will face Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples in the March GOP primary. The winner will likely face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in November’s general election.
Dec 6th - 7:07 pm
A Travis County grand jury has indicted a former executive of the state’s embattled cancer-fighting agency, known as CPRIT. Jerald Cobbs is charged with withholding information and securing execution of a document by deception, a first degree felony.
The fallout from Cobbs’ involvement in improperly awarding an $11 million grant to a company now known as Peloton Therapeutics could go beyond criminal charges, though. In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at whether the state’s top officeholders could face political repercussions as they vie for higher office.
The online exchange tied to the Affordable Care Act got a shot in the arm this week, but state leaders are already eyeing new complications stemming from the law. Our reporter roundtable weighed in on that and other developments.
Plus, we continued our series of conversations with the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson joined us to talk about gun rights, border security and more.
Oct 23rd - 1:33 pm
Lieutenant governor candidate Sen. Dan Patrick on Wednesday launched his second statewide television ad. The new 30-second spot targets incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and criticizes his budget leadership during the last legislative session.
“The only thing you need to know about the lieutenant governor’s current budget is that every Democrat praised and voted for it,” Patrick said. “As a conservative Republican, I didn’t.”
This is Patrick’s second television ad to hit the airwaves. His last ad, which proclaimed he was the only candidate to “oppose in-state tuition for illegal immigrants,” prompted outcry from his opponents who argued the claim was untrue and produced a “false” rating from PolitiFact Texas.
Patrick is one of four Republicans on the GOP primary ballot. He faces Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.