What Is Dan Patrick Doing Instead of Campaigning?

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Where’s Dan Patrick?

The Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor has been scarce on the campaign trail since winning his Republican run-off. The Lite Gov oversees the State Senate and thus serves a pivotal and powerful role in blocking and passing legislation. Don’t general election voters deserve to hear directly from Dan Patrick about what he would do if elected?

Patrick certainly has not been busy campaigning alongside gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott. They didn’t even nappear on stage together at the Republican Party’s state convention this summer.

Last week, Dan Patrick turned down a town hall forum with his opponent, Senator Leticia Van de Putte, hosted by Univision. Word has it that his campaign rarely advertises any events, running what the Houston Chronicle calls a “stealth campaign” focused on closed-door meetings with Tea Party groups.

The Houston Chronicle writes:

    Patrick, by contrast, has not yet run ads or held a news conference since winning the GOP runoff in late May. His campaign has put out an advance announcement about exactly one event in that time.

That leads me to wonder: what is Dan Patrick doing with his time on the campaign trail? He can’t just fill his days with small Tea Party gatherings where he panders to extremists, and fundraising luncheons where he shakes down business leaders and threatens to kill their legislation in the State Senate if they don’t contribute, can he?

While Leticia Van de Putte is touring community colleges and holding public events, constantly encouraging the press to see her speak on the record, where’s Dan?

Is he…

Working out at the gym a lot?

Completing an at-home course in TV-VCR repair?

We hear he likes boats. Maybe he’s taking his craft out for a pleasure cruise?

Is he dressing up like a clown and scaring neighborhood children? (Note: his actual record is scary enough, no red noses required.)

Or just catching up on yard work?

Maybe he’s going fishing a lot?

Or perhaps just sitting on the couch all day doing nothing.

One thing’s for sure: he’s not making an effort to tell the voters of Texas what he would do as Lieutenant Governor.

I’m not even sure he knows, to be honest. But the voters deserve a chance to make an informed choice in the race, and understand the ramifications of Dan Patrick presiding over the State Senate. Patrick has an extremist record on education, immigration, and women’s health, and general election voters might think twice about voting for him if they knew the whole story.

Come to think of it, with so much on the line, it’s no wonder Dan Patrick has gone into hiding. Clearly, he doesn’t want the media or the voters asking too many questions. But isn’t that a story in and of itself?

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

3 Comments

    • Joe Ann Anderson on

      Maybe he’s watching to see who will be called in for Perry’s indictment. Let’s get this debate on the
      calendar and discuss the issues.

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