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GOP candidates for Texas lt. governor spar in Houston

HOUSTON, TX – March 4 is less than six months away, and you know what that means!

Okay, yes, Mardi Gras in Galveston. But March 4 is also primary election day in Texas.

And just to prove that it’s never too early to round up some candidates, the Ronald Reagan Republican Women of Houston corralled the four declared GOP candidates for Texas lieutenant governor.

There were plenty of political barbs thrown, most of them directed at the incumbent number two, David Dewhurst and the way he handled this past legislative session.

Land Commissioner Todd Staples: ‘Obviously, when you’re in a regular session, you deal with the issues in front of you. You don’t go out to eat and drinking with lobbyists when there are issues on the floor of the Senate that you’re supposed to be dealing with.’

Agricultures Commissioner Jerry Patterson: ‘You need to lead, and when you start out by saying I’m gonna lead by saying we will not have Democrat committee chairs, or I’m gonna have fewer, you have, in effect, said I’m not strong enough to make things happen that need to happen.’

Sen. Dan Patrick: ‘It took us three sessions and millions of dollars of your tax dollars to pass four bills. We had the majority. We had the numbers. We had the governor, the speaker, the lt. governor. What happened? We didn’t get the job done.’

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst: ‘Not a word was said, so I broke the filibuster. Took me eleven hours, but I passed it. I’m not going to shy away from mob. I’m gonna stand there and do the right thing for the people of Texas.’

The Democrats may, or may not, have San Antonio State Senator Leticia Van de Putte on board to run against the Republican winner.

She’s thinking about it because even if she loses, she would still have two more years left in her term.

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas state senator Royce West are names floated as definite maybes, but more probably maybe-nots.

So Fat Tuesday may end up being Fat Chance Day, once again, for Texas Democrats.

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