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(TX) Van de Putte announces candidacy for lieutenant governor
amarillo.com ^ | November 23, 2013 | ENRIQUE RANGEL

Posted on 11/23/2013 7:20:11 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

SAN ANTONIO — She is in.

Braving the frigid Saturday morning weather, hundreds of supporters of state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte packed a college gym and were treated to a mariachi concert and to a widely anticipated political announcement: The San Antonio lawmaker is running for lieutenant governor, joining the Democratic ticket headed by her Texas Senate colleague Wendy Davis.

“Haven’t you been paying attention to the Republican primary race for lieutenant governor?” Van de Putte asked the partisan crowd. “It gets wackier every day.

“They’re all trying to out-extremist one another,” Van de Putte said in reference to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and his three challengers. “That’s why I announce that I’ll ask the people of Texas to hire me to be your next lieutenant governor.”

Van de Putte’s announcement received statewide press coverage because pundits and even Republicans agree it is the first time in 12 years the Democratic Party of Texas has two candidates who energize its base and also have the potential to appeal to three key constituencies — independent voters, women and Hispanics.

If elected, Van de Putte would be the first Hispanic and the first female lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor is widely considered the most powerful office in Texas because, as the presiding officer of the Texas Senate, the officeholder controls the legislative agenda.

A sixth-generation Texan, the 58-year-old Van de Putte reminded her audience — in English and Spanish — she and her husband Pete still live in the barrio (the neighborhood) where she grew up and raised her six children.

In the Republican camp, Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Todd Staples are taking on Dewhurst in the March 4 Republican primary. Patterson and Staple both served in the Senate as well.

Although Van de Putte didn’t go into detail about her priorities as lieutenant governor, she said that while the Republican candidates have bickered amongst themselves, funding for neighborhood public schools has been cut by billions of dollars.

“Class sizes have swelled, and too often we’re losing our best teachers,” she said. “Texas is investing less in our schoolchildren than almost any other state.”

And she reminded her audience she and Davis are a team.

“As lieutenant governor, I’ll make sure women’s voices will truly be heard in shaping these decisions,” she said in reference to a bill guaranteeing women would make the same pay as men doing the same job. Davis pushed the legislation in this year’s session, but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it.

“When I am lieutenant governor I’ll fight to pass that bill again, so that it can be signed into law by Gov. Wendy Davis,” Van de Putte said as her audience cheered.

Davis welcomed Van de Putte’s announcement with the same enthusiasm.

“Sen. Van de Putte’s dedication representing the interests of all Texans makes her an outstanding choice for lieutenant governor,” Davis said in a statement. “She has delivered for our veterans and small businesses, and like many Texans, I am excited about her announcement.”

The Republican candidates for lieutenant governor are ready for Van de Putte, too.

“It’ll be a very interesting campaign to compare her pretty liberal views on growing the state of Texas and my views, which are more conservative and in the mainstream in the state of Texas,” Dewhurst said last week after telling reporters he expects to win his party’s primary without a runoff.

Patrick, Patterson and Staples blame him for Davis’ quick rise to political stardom. On June 25, Davis filibustered a restrictive abortion bill for 11 hours. The Republican-dominated Legislature passed it three weeks later anyway.

Staples used Van de Putte’s announcement to take on the Davis-Van de Putte ticket — and Dewhurst, too.

“Sen. Van de Putte’s announcement is another reminder that conservatives are in desperate need of new leadership,” Staples said in a statement. “Energized Texas Democrats are the result of the failed leadership of David Dewhurst.

“By allowing Democrats to take over the Senate, Dewhurst made a national hero out of Wendy Davis,” Staples said.

Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said he is not worried about attacks from Dewhurst, Staples, Patterson and Staples.

“We hope Staples is their nominee” because he would be the easiest to beat, Hinojosa said. “He represents the extremely extreme right wing of the Republican party.”

The same goes for Dewhurst, Patrick and Patterson, Hinojosa said.

“All they represent is the extreme wing of the Republican Party, the tea party voters and that’s it,” Hinojosa said. “Leticia Van de Putte represents mainstream Texas, she represents middle class Texas families … people can relate to that.”


TOPICS: US: Texas
KEYWORDS: teaparty; wendydavis

1 posted on 11/23/2013 7:20:11 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: LUV W

Texas Ping.


2 posted on 11/23/2013 7:21:18 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: GeronL

Ping.


3 posted on 11/23/2013 7:24:38 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I have never heard of her.


4 posted on 11/23/2013 7:41:24 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Army Air Corps; Arrowhead1952; NYTexan; mylife; Eaker; TheMom; laurenmarlowe; El Gato; RebelTex; ...

Pinging the Texas list! Opinions anyone?


5 posted on 11/23/2013 7:42:06 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: GeronL

I have heard of her, but I admit that I know little about her other than she is a Lefty.


6 posted on 11/23/2013 7:43:23 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Leticia Van de Putte is “hispanic”? Is her hubby Pete also a “hispanic?”


7 posted on 11/23/2013 7:44:11 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: LUV W

Guilty of anything and everything!

8 posted on 11/23/2013 7:51:18 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan

ouch


9 posted on 11/23/2013 7:52:11 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Lt Governor for GOP will get bigger vote % than the governor, so they have to be with the grassroots of Texas against tuition for illegals.

The Gubernatorial candidate wants to reform Rick Perry’s tuition rather than full repeal. It is a bad move imo by him. He could lose to a rightwing third party candidate. He should agree to sign whatever the legislature gives to him on tuition. Why dont Dems have an Hispanic at the top of the ticket if it is so important. Only 20% of ballots cast in Texas are by hispanics.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec13/texas_07-09.html


10 posted on 11/23/2013 7:53:50 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: NYTexan

The true definition of “Coyote Ugly”! GUILTY AS CHARGED!


11 posted on 11/23/2013 7:56:26 PM PST by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: NYTexan

I’m sure that’s right...she’s a big supporter of the baby killer Davis!

Gotta work hard this time to make sure that Texas doesn’t go the way of the feds! Ugh!


12 posted on 11/23/2013 7:57:52 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; All

She was one of the “Killer D’s”-remember?


13 posted on 11/23/2013 8:20:40 PM PST by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I’m supporting Jerry Patterson.


14 posted on 11/23/2013 8:30:05 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A lot of uninformed people might vote for her because she has a funny name.


15 posted on 11/23/2013 8:50:52 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: basil

I haven’t decided yet, but I will vote for whoever wins the primary in the fall, but won’t do so for U.S. Senator and land commissioner, no Cornball and no more Bushes.

I probably “lean Patrick”. Dewhurst would be fourth choice.


16 posted on 11/23/2013 8:52:25 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: NYTexan

Van de Putte a sock in it!


17 posted on 11/23/2013 9:46:48 PM PST by proudpapa (A school is supposed to be a safe place!' Yeah well so is a womb!)
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To: Windflier

Texas Lt Gov race ping!


18 posted on 11/23/2013 9:50:18 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said he is not worried about attacks from Dewhurst, Staples, Patterson and Staples. “We hope Staples is their nominee” because he would be the easiest to beat, Hinojosa said. “He represents the extremely extreme right wing of the Republican party.”

The same goes for Dewhurst, Patrick and Patterson, Hinojosa said.

“All they represent is the extreme wing of the Republican Party, the tea party voters and that’s it,” Hinojosa said.

Got that? ALL of the Repubbie nominees represent the "extremely extreme right wing of the Repub party".

“Leticia Van de Putte represents mainstream Texas, she represents middle class Texas families … people can relate to that.”

Oh, okay...we'll see how Texans relate to *that*.

19 posted on 11/23/2013 9:56:16 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: LUV W

Van de Who?


20 posted on 11/23/2013 10:07:42 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Jane Long; Extremely Extreme Extremist
"He represents the extremely extreme right wing of the Republican party.”

That's too bad. I could only vote for them if they hail from the extremely extreme extremist right wing of the GOP.

21 posted on 11/23/2013 11:10:04 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
That's too bad. I could only vote for them if they hail from the extremely extreme extremist right wing of the GOP.

What are you, some kind of pinko?

They have to be from the extremely extreme extremist of the extreme, so extreme, they need to come up with a different word than 'extreme' to describe it, extremist right wing of the GOP.

22 posted on 11/23/2013 11:12:21 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp.)
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To: GeronL

I have never heard of her.

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She among others were the group [Texas Eleven] that fled the state in the 2003
Redistricting battle that finally put the GOP in the majority of CDs.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/957736/posts


23 posted on 11/24/2013 5:25:26 AM PST by deport
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To: LUV W
Opinions anyone?

She is as far left as abortion Barbie, queen Sheila, Hank Johnson, Maxine waters, dingy hairy and San Fran Nan. May as well include 0 bummer in that list.

24 posted on 11/24/2013 6:09:51 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

She is particularly virulent commie.

Couches everything in “For the Children”

She led the runout of the other Texas commies over redistricting

Just plain scum


25 posted on 11/24/2013 6:16:08 AM PST by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I gathered she must be after reading more. I really hadn’t heard of her before this.

Pray for Texas. We do NOT need a regime here like we have in DC! Texans MUST stand together on this!


26 posted on 11/24/2013 7:12:27 AM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Abortion Barbie gets a faithful sidekick.

Do they run as a combined slate on the ballot, or elected separately?


27 posted on 11/24/2013 7:17:08 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: LUV W

I really hadn’t heard of her before this.

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She was basically the leader of the 11 Texas state Senators who fled to NM
during all the redistricting efforts in 2003. Perry had to call extra
sessions just to deal with it. Google:

https://www.google.com/#q=site:freerepublic.com+%22leticia+van+de+putte++2003%22


28 posted on 11/24/2013 7:20:13 AM PST by deport
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To: deport

The more I see and hear, the more I cringe. Pray for Texas!!


29 posted on 11/24/2013 7:21:59 AM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: LUV W

Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte

=

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum


30 posted on 11/24/2013 7:39:48 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: LUV W

She hasn’t official filed yet but has until Dec. 9 to do so. The following link gives candidates
that have filed by county. You have to select Travis county to get State wide candidates.

https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/candidate-filing/cf-report.aspx


31 posted on 11/24/2013 7:43:09 AM PST by deport
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To: LUV W

Opinion? Mine just got flushed. She and Sheila are cut from the same cloth.


32 posted on 11/24/2013 8:23:17 AM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: nascarnation

Abortion Barbie and Barrio Boopsie.


33 posted on 11/24/2013 8:29:21 AM PST by Texas resident
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To: bgill

She and queen Sheila are similar types.
van de putz is always in the San Antonio media.


34 posted on 11/24/2013 8:31:50 AM PST by Texas resident
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To: GeronL

I have Putte is a putz!!!

Any of the candidates we have now on the Republican side would whoop that azz in the general election...

And that even includes Dewhurst AND Patrick...If they manage to make the cut in March...

But I believe it’ll be against Patterson or Staples...

Both of whom do not offend me...


35 posted on 11/24/2013 11:13:32 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: mozarky2; Eaker

Yep...

Eaker, (do you remember) was she one of those shlups up on the stage there at the “welcome home” party (in Houston) they threw for these idiots???

I don’t recall seeing her at that event...


36 posted on 11/24/2013 11:18:22 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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Putte's announcement speech... long read

snip

At that family meeting 23 years ago, Nichole’s little sister Isabella asked,
“why does mommy wanna be a “state episentative??”

With the wisdom of a 10 year old, Nichole responded "because there’s
not enough mommies there!"

Nicole was exactly right, and 23 years later, Nicole is still exactly right -
there aren’t enough mommies in Austin at the state capitol, am I right?

end snip

37 posted on 11/24/2013 11:38:12 AM PST by deport
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To: smokingfrog

Liberal liars

“Pro life” means pro baby murder
“Family values” means perverted homos deserve to raise children
“Welcoming to everyone” means amnesty for illegals
“Taking care of everyone” means raising taxes and pushing Obamacare

These two will lie as much or more than BHO!


38 posted on 11/24/2013 4:14:57 PM PST by opres
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To: stevie_d_64
I don’t recall seeing her at that event...

Neither do I.

Nasty bunch of people though.

39 posted on 11/25/2013 1:29:36 PM PST by Eaker (Sweat dries, blood clots and bones heal so suck it up buttercup.)
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To: Eaker

Kinda smelly too...

You did wash that hand right??? [snicker]


40 posted on 11/25/2013 6:21:44 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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