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Former state Senator now Texas Lt. Governor is no stranger to controversy.
Mostly due to his mouth and the words that come out of it. Words like “an invasion” and being “overrun” in reference immigrants entering the state of Texas illegally. And outright stating that they bring with them “Third-World diseases”.
None of which was true but it played well to the Texas Tea Party supporters in the primaries last March, and out of a four man field, it got him into a run-off with then Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.
He won the GOP nomination in May and dispatched Democratic opponent Leticia Van de Putte in November by keeping his mouth shut and himself mostly out of sight. And it worked.
Now the hard work actually leading the Texas Senate begins. Or maybe not.
Despite all Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s past crowing about how he supports Second Amendment rights, it was also just words. In an interview with the Texas Tribune, Patrick pooh-poohs the Tea Party notion that an open carry law would pass this Legislature. Rather flippantly.
“Second Amendment rights are very important, but open carry does not reach to the level of prioritizing at this point. I don’t think the votes are there.”
So says the self-proclaimed “leading national voice defending our Second Amendment rights”.
But that was Tuesday morning. After setting off a firestorm of criticism from his fellow state senators and open carry groups, he restated his position on the issue. For clarity of course. It was all a mistake of course. It was yet another media conspiracy against conservatives of course.
There were inaccurate reports in the media and across the Internet yesterday regarding my comments concerning Open Carry legislation. Despite reports to the contrary, I have never changed my position on the issue. I remain a steadfast supporter of the second amendment and Open Carry legislation.
As is typical of the media looking to build wedges among conservatives, many stories took words out of context. I did not say the bill was dead but suggested instead that, because the votes were not there (at this time), it had not risen to a level of priority….at this point. That is far different than saying an issue is not a priority, it just means work still needs to be done.
And so Lt. Governor has ended his pre-election silence…and thrust his foot straight into his mouth.