Texas Senate Showdown: Defining Dewhurst

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One day, a wife got fed up with her husband for watching too much television. Well, not for watching too much television, but for yelling at the screen too much. Why was he yelling? Because of gridlock in the nation's capital.

So, the wife told her husband that he needed to run for U.S. Senate and put his passion to use. Who was the wife? Tricia Bivins. Who was the husband? David Dewhurst.

Don't believe this story. It's the one the couple is telling newspapers about DD's reasoning for running for Senate. The real story is simple and easily inferred: David Dewhurst was an energy baron who got into government to serve the 1% and wants to climb higher so he can do the same.

The Houston Chronicle profiled Dewhurst on Saturday. The piece notes Dewhurst's “knack for figures, chronic tardiness and what some describe as social awkwardness.” Read “some describe” as “everyone who's ever been around him has felt but not necessarily said.”

Financial disclosures show Dewhurst is worth at least $200 million, but he says he “doesn't consider himself wealthy” but rather as the “David Dew¬≠hurst that grew up and didn't have two nickels to rub together when I started my business.” Meh. Dewhurst seems like the rich prig that he is.

In an interview for the piece, Dewhurst took aim at Ted Cruz for calling him a moderate, saying that “when someone flat out lies and knows that it's a lie – as in one of the people in this race – then that speaks to their character and to their integrity.”

Dewhurst definitely knows about lying. Dallas' WFAA fact-checked his latest ad and found it laden with falsities. PolitiFact has found three of Dewhurst's statements to be either completely false or partially false. If there is a Texas Republican out there who thinks there's a choice in this primary between an honest candidate and a dishonest one, I feel sorry for him or her (though it's probably not a her.)

Other snippets of the GOP primary this week: Dewhurst's health care plan shares Obamacare's focus on changing the incentives in the payoff structure, Ted Cruz gave passionate lip service to Rush Limbaugh and was roundly criticized on BOR, FreedomWorks defended their endorsement of Cruz by bashing Dewhurst's wealth, and both Tom Leppert and Craig James continued to be near non-factors in the race.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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