Ad war gets under way in race for Texas Lieutenant Governor

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October 9, 2013

By Greg Janetka

Dan Patrick TV ad for Lt. Governor

With just under five months to go before the primary election, State Senator Dan Patrick fired the first ad salvo on Monday in his campaign for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Texas. In the TV spot, titled "Fight," Patrick promises to fight President Obama, secure the border against illegal immigrants and says he is the only candidate who opposes in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.[1]

In what is expected to be a fierce battle for the nomination, Patrick will face incumbent David Dewhurst, state Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

Patrick's opponents immediately fired back against the ad, all saying they oppose in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and want to repeal the Texas DREAM Act, which has been the law for 12 years. Affecting more than 16,000 students, the law requires students to sign an affidavit pledging to apply for legal state when eligible. State university officials, however, said there is no enforcement mechanism and that they ultimately do not attempt to apply.[2]

The four men met at a tea party-sponsored debate on October 3. The debate focused mainly on immigration, with each trying to tout their conservative credentials.[3]

While no Democrats have declared in the race, attention has focused on state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, who said she is considering "how I can serve my state."[4] Two Libertarians - journalist Brandon de Hoyos and Ed Kless - have declared their intention to run.

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