Past Features

May 25, 2012

Tough immigration talk puts
Dan Patrick in prime position

Dallas Morning News -- May 24, 2014   
Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick
     Salado, Texas -- Dan Patrick appears poised to dislodge David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in Tuesday's Republican runoff, and the reason is clear to tea party activists, campaign consultants and political scientists.
    Patrick, they say, jumped out front for good by appealing to staunchly conservative Republican voters on their top issue: illegal immigration.
    Breaking with the stances of Republicans such as Govs. George W. Bush and Rick Perry, who tried to appeal to Hispanic voters with hopeful rhetoric about immigrants, Patrick has ripped state GOP leaders for not plowing enough state funding into law enforcement efforts along the Texas-Mexico border. He also hit Dewhurst --- and implicitly, Perry --- for not removing what he says are carrots that help lure people to the country illegally, such as in-state resident tuition rates at public universities.
    "We need real money to secure the border," said Patrick, who chided Dewhurst for having an “election-year conversion” as the two appeared before the Central Texas Tea Party in Salado last week.
    But immigration has generated the most heat, and Patrick has a clear edge....
ABP Comment: When voters are given a choice, they vote to preserve the nation.