Senator Leticia Van de Putte is a character. That's one reason the statewide press corps likes her, and one reason why the battle for the state's most powerful legislative position will be so interesting.
It's too bad she wasn't in the debate herself, since neither candidate said much to address the needs of hard-working Texans or faced up to the challenges of our rapidly growing state.
The Dew and Patrick mostly called each other names. Patrick also credited Dewhurst with mismanaging debate on HB 2 during last summer's special session and making Wendy Davis a star in the process and expediting the process of turning Texas into a battleground state. It is comically unsurprising that Dan Patrick can't let any woman take credit for her own efforts — even when she stands and talks for 11 hours.
Read Senator Van de Putte's response and other press statements about the debate below the jump.After the debate, Senator Leticia Van de Putte issued the following statement:
“Tonight, everyday Texas families lost, as Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst doubled down with rhetoric David Dewhurst acknowledged is 'reprehensible.'
“Neither Republican focused on the mission of keeping Texas strong with smart businesses investments in things like local schools or local roads and water. Instead they stooped to personal attacks that don't create a single new job and tearing down Texans and their communities.”
She's right. And let's be realistic — Senator Dan Patrick seems to be the favorite going into the May 27th run-off, which is likely to be dominated by the same right-wing extremists who chose Ted Cruz over Dewhurst in the summer of 2012.
If Dan Patrick wins in November and is elected to the most powerful legislative position in the state, we all lose.
The Texas Democratic Party certainly agrees. Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Emmanuel Garcia issued the following statement after the debate:
“Between Dan Patrick's refusal to answer questions and David Dewhurst's loss for words, the real winner in tonight's debate is Senator Leticia Van de Putte. Senator Van de Putte is the only candidate in the Lt. Governor's race who stands with Texans. Like any smart business leader, she knows when it is time to grow and invest. She knows Texas needs common sense solutions to our water and transportation problems. No matter which candidate she faces, Texans will rest easy knowing they have a chance to vote for Leticia Van de Putte in November.”
Annie's List Executive Director Grace Garcia also weighed in, and released the following statement in response:
“I thought I had heard it all going in to tonight's debate, but I was appalled by both Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst's direct attacks on women. For instance, Dan Patrick suggested Planned Parenthood – an organization that provides health services, such as cancer screenings, preventive care and family planning to women all across Texas – doesn't care about women. You have got to be kidding me. We also saw both candidates bicker and point fingers over the so-called “abortion bill.”
“These men proved again tonight that neither of them will side with Texas women. Leticia Van de Putte is the only choice for Texas voters this November.”