Houston radio talk show host Dan Patrick, who has emerged as perhaps the most conservative member of the Texas State Senate, today announced plans to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Patrick, a second term Republican from Houston, says Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's mishandling of the Wendy Davis filibuster Tuesday night is a prime example of why new leadership is needed. The Lieutenant Governor presides over the State Senate.
It was pretty clear to the world who was watching that it happened because of a lack of leadership," Patrick said. "We allowed someone to stand on the floor for 12 hours and give one side of the story."
Patrick is the third prominent Republican who will mount a conservative challenge to Dewhurst in next year's Republican primary. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples have both announced plans to challenge Dewhurst, who is considered to be vulnerable to a conservative challenge after his defeat by Cruz in his race for the U.S. Senate.
There is no love lost between Patrick and Dewhurst. Patrick was the sponsor of a bill to criminalize 'enhanced patdowns' by airport TSA officers, and engaged in a dispute with Dewhurst when the Lieutenant Governor pulled the bill in 2011, after the U.S. Justice Department warned it would hold flights at Texas airports if the bill were approved.