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Patrick mental health issue could hurt Dewhurst
The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 16, 2014 | Mike Ward and David Saleh Rauf

Posted on 05/19/2014 6:49:33 AM PDT by TexasCajun

AUSTIN - The mental condition of state Sen. Dan Patrick, front-runner in the GOP runoff for lieutenant governor, became the key issue Friday in the already acrimonious race, as medical records leaked by opponents show he was hospitalized twice in the 1980s, once after a suicide attempt, and received treatment for severe depression and anxiety.

In a campaign marked by nasty rhetoric bordering on the bizarre, incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is trailing Patrick, began openly feuding with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a former rival for Texas' No. 2 elective office, over the disclosures: Dew­hurst ordered Patterson to stop the continued leaks, and Patterson refused.

Patrick accused Dewhurst of complicity in the leaks, but the Dewhurst campaign denied that. In a statement, Dewhurst said: "My heart goes out to Dan and his family for what they've endured while coping with his condition."

(Excerpt) Read more at houstonchronicle.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dewhurst; patrick; patterson; suicide; texas

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, left, shakes hands with State Senator Dan Patrick, right, before their debate at Houston Public Media studios during the Republican Lieutenant Governor debate on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne)

1 posted on 05/19/2014 6:49:33 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun
"He told a group of us a year ago about all this, and that he expected it might come out because this was going to be a really tough race," said JoAnn Fleming of Tyler, a tea-party activist and executive director of Grassroots America. "This is a really low-rent way for David Dewhurst to go about asking us to rehire him for his job. "
2 posted on 05/19/2014 6:49:58 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun
"Dirty" David Dewhurst ran a dirty campaign against Ted Cruz for & continues the mud-slinging against Patrick.

Seems Dewhurst just can't run on his achievements and has to run the type of campaign that disgust the voters.

3 posted on 05/19/2014 6:53:40 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

I would vote for Charles Mason or the Mad Hatter before I would vote for “I-pushed-the-Texas-corporate-income-tax” Dewhurst.


4 posted on 05/19/2014 6:53:45 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: TexasCajun; JRandomFreeper

I don’t think much of Dan Patrick, but I cannot stand Dewberry. I’m holding my nose and voting for Patrick, just to give Dewhurst the boot.


5 posted on 05/19/2014 6:56:14 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Sure, the Dems have this 30 yr old information but for Dewhurst & Patterson to throw it out there just shows the animosity they have for the outsider, Dan Patrick.


6 posted on 05/19/2014 6:59:05 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Just another dirty campaign for Dirty Dewhurst. Texas Republicans are ashamed of his nasty campaigns. He must be a closet Democrat, turning to the same sleazy tactics the DNC used the weekend before the presidential election when they dug up a 25 year old DUI against George Bush. Hr deserves to be beaten so soundly that he never runs for anything in Texas again.


7 posted on 05/19/2014 7:01:47 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Jane Long
That's just about how I feel as well.

Dan can really be full of himself, but Dewhurst really turned off by is dirty campaign against Ted Cruz.

Dan also tweets the Austin Republican Establishment who don't see him as one of them.

8 posted on 05/19/2014 7:01:56 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Jane Long
I don’t think much of Dan Patrick, but I cannot stand Dewberry. I’m holding my nose and voting for Patrick, just to give Dewhurst the boot.

This. Dewhurst is the slimiest politician this side of Harry Reid. He must go. We'll deal with Dan Patrick's shortcomings next time.

9 posted on 05/19/2014 7:12:47 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: TexasCajun

Note to All:
Early voting starts today.


10 posted on 05/19/2014 7:21:50 AM PDT by conejo99
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To: Jane Long

Isn’t that the truth!


11 posted on 05/19/2014 7:25:01 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: Jane Long

This race will be decided by what the 30% of the primary voters that voted for
Staples/Patterson decide to do. Patterson seems to be throwing his support
behind Dewhurst so it may come down to what the Staples voters do.

I can’t find any current polling since the primary. However, Rice University
has this to say.
“At this point the outcome of the election is pretty much decided and the only
question is how large is Dan Patrick’s margin of victory going to be,” said
Mark Jones, chair of Rice University’s political science department.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/race-for-texas-lieutenant-governor-takes-nasty-turn/26026292


12 posted on 05/19/2014 7:26:46 AM PDT by deport
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To: TexasCajun

I truly do not like either of these candidates!

Although I think Patrick may only be “slightly” more conservative than Dewhurst; Dewhurst HAS GOT TO GO!

I am absolutely through with all these establishment politicians - from city dog catcher to re-tread Presidential candidates! The answer to all of these people is, “NO MORE!”

It is more than time for experienced BUSINESS people to run our country, because the establishment people are only helping themselves!


13 posted on 05/19/2014 7:31:23 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: deport; Paine in the Neck

I think most Texans are sick and tired of Dewberry.

Like PITN said, we’ll deal with Patrick’s shortcomings, next.


14 posted on 05/19/2014 7:33:33 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: conejo99; LUV W; y'all

Yes, Early Voting starts TODAY!


15 posted on 05/19/2014 7:35:36 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: TexasCajun
"Dirty" David Dewhurst ran a dirty campaign against Ted Cruz for & continues the mud-slinging against Patrick. Seems Dewhurst just can't run on his achievements and has to run the type of campaign that disgust the voters.

Yes he did. At the beginning of the campaign Ted Cruz was an underdog and not well known by the public. Sarah Palin endorsed him and people began to notice Ted Cruz. The primaries let to a runoff between Cruz and Dewhurst. This was still Dewhursts race to lose and he did it with great political ineptness. He dealt every dirty card from the bottom of the deck and then invented new cards. The people of Texas were angered and Dewhurst was demolished.

He is doing it again and is now political dead meat. Dewhurst needs Texas, Texas does not need him.

16 posted on 05/19/2014 7:37:15 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: ExTxMarine
I certainly hope Dan has learned from his business experience!

He left a lot of vendors on the hook with his failed restaurant venture?

17 posted on 05/19/2014 7:37:20 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: conejo99
Looking for endorsements for Agriculture Commissioner:

Tommy Merritt

vs

Sid Miller

--------

Voting Ryan Sitton f/ Railroad Commissioner.

18 posted on 05/19/2014 7:45:42 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Jane Long
Also looking for endorsements for US Rep District 36.

Ben Streusand

vs

Brian Babin

I live in Seabrook and the two ex-mayors on the ballot, that I do know, were defeated in the initial primary.

19 posted on 05/19/2014 7:51:32 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Here is who Conservative Republicans of Texas are supporting (I think this is Hotze’s group/PAC):

Lt Gov - Dan Patrick
AG - Ken Paxton
Ag Comm - Sid Miller
RR Comm - Ryan Sitton

I’m in agreement.


20 posted on 05/19/2014 7:55:03 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: TexasCajun

I don’t have much info on the District 36 race, TC. I do know that Streusand doesn’t live in the district. He lives in Spring, TX.

Babin is a dentist (business owner) and former military.

That’s about all I know about 36.


21 posted on 05/19/2014 8:04:53 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

New District 36 took up part of my old Pete Olson’s Dist. 22 in 2012 after census data update.


22 posted on 05/19/2014 8:21:59 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun
Dewhurst did the same thing during the senate run against Ted Cruz.

What a dirty dirty low down political animal Dewhurst has become. He sees his political future goin down the tubes.

I have met Dan Patrick. I do not know him personally, but I've listened to him on the radio for many years, he visited our church and discussed the heart of Texas piece.

Dan is a good man and is on the Christian journey with us.

I don't agree with everything he supports, but I can say that he has my vote for Lt. Gov.

23 posted on 05/19/2014 8:58:24 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: TexasCajun
"Also looking for endorsements for US Rep District 36."

I live in TX-36 and voted for Ben Streusand in the March 4th Primary. He will get my vote again in the runoff election. Nevertheless, I won't be terribly disappointed if Brian Babin wins the runoff.

Streusand's major support came from heavily-populated Harris County where he got nearly four times as many votes as Babin in the March 4 election. Streusand is well known to Harris County Republican voters as a conservative activist and frequent political commentator on KSEV radio (Dan Patrick's radio station).

Having listened to Streusand on KSEV radio for many years, I feel comfortable voting for him. I also closely follow the endorsements of the The Kingwood Tea Party and that group has given their support to Streusand.

24 posted on 05/19/2014 9:00:51 AM PDT by Unmarked Package
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To: Jane Long
Besides, being crazy isn't unexpected in politics. I don't see how it disqualifies Patrick. Ma Ferguson was certifiable.

/johnny

25 posted on 05/19/2014 9:07:08 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ExTxMarine

He’s a lot more conservative than Dewhurst, but he isn’t as good as Cruz. I’ll take the improvement.


26 posted on 05/19/2014 9:13:10 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: TexasCajun
"Dirty" David Dewhurst ran a dirty campaign against Ted Cruz for & continues the mud-slinging against Patrick.

Patrick was a part of Dewhurst's campaign against Cruz.

This is one of those unfortunate situations where Patrick will be better, but he is also a flake, and sleazy himself.

27 posted on 05/19/2014 9:29:37 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Jane Long

Thanks for the reminder! :)


28 posted on 05/19/2014 10:20:26 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: TexasCajun

How many Democratic office holders and those seeking office as a Democrat have been committed to a mental institution or have attempted suicide?

While none of us know the answer to that question, we do know that the media would never report such information out of privacy.

But, for a Tea Party Republican there is no privacy of their medical records as it pertains to suicide attempts and stints In a mental hospital.


29 posted on 05/19/2014 10:45:59 AM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: ansel12

Yes, I remember Dan trying to have it both ways in the Dewhurst/Cruz primary.


30 posted on 05/19/2014 10:48:16 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

I looked into him one day, he is a flaky and oily man, I hope he wins, but I also hope he doesn’t turn into a big unethical, uncentered (no true core) problem.

He managed to get himself into this position to get elected, and I’m not impressed with the way he has done it over the years.


31 posted on 05/19/2014 10:58:21 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12
I heard a Dan Patrick ad the other day of Mike Huckabee endorsing him as a good Christian man.

My dad always told me to beware of a man that has to tell you he's a Christian when doing business.

I'm willing to give him a chance.

32 posted on 05/19/2014 11:17:25 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

I think the consensus is that everyone has to vote for Patrick, but I am pleased to see how aware of him most freepers are.

I think the Texas tea party is pretty much in the same place on him aren’t they? They support him, but see him as an ambitious opportunist?

“Now Dan Patrick stands accused by his formerly illegal alien, now U.S. Citizen, former employee of not only hiring him and three other illegal immigrants, but hiring them with false documents and even allegedly offering to sneak one of them back from the Texas/Mexico border, past inland security checkpoints.
In a Dallas Morning News report, “Miguel “Mike” Andrade, 48, of Missouri City, told The Dallas Morning News and Houston’s KTRK-TV that he, his cousin and two other men from Mexico worked at one of Patrick’s five sports bars that operated in the Houston area until 1986.”
At that time, there were no penalties involved in hiring someone in this residing in the U.S. illegally according to the report.
The report explains:
“Andrade agreed that a manager under Patrick hired him and the other three men, but said that after a few months Patrick knew that the four workers didn’t have permission to be in the country–because he told Patrick.
“He said Patrick was a compassionate employer. He said Patrick offered sympathy over their anguish at living so far from their loved ones and being constantly in fear of being deported.
“He was real, real, real kind with us … real good with the Hispanic community. He was really wishing (he had) some kind of power…to help us to work in this country and have a better life,” said Andrade, who recalled that he was hired at the West Houston sports bar in 1983 or 1984.
Patrick responded to the Dallas Morning News report stating, “he only ‘vaguely’ remembers Andrade at one of his establishments. He said he had nothing to do with the hiring and that managers at each location handled employment decisions.”


33 posted on 05/19/2014 11:27:12 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Jane Long

Dewhurst cannot get in the mud faster than anyone.

He has no Backbone.

count me in for three votes.


34 posted on 05/19/2014 4:15:23 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: TexasCajun

Three votes against Dewhurst this morning.

Me, my wife and daughter.

I drove them to the polls.

Nobody gets in the mud faster than Dewhurst.


35 posted on 05/21/2014 12:07:53 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: hadaclueonce
I really don't like that Dan stiffed a bunch of vendors in his bankruptcy but I know he is not part of the Austin GOP Establishment and they don't really like him, which makes me like him.

And "Dirty" David really turned me off with his US senate run against Ted Cruz.

36 posted on 05/21/2014 12:32:27 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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