Skip to comments.Dewhurst wins support of Combs, Patrick
Posted on 07/26/2012 12:27:35 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Comptroller Susan Combs on Thursday added her name to the long list of Texas elected officials who are backing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his bid for the U.S. Senate.
Dewhurst has been relentless and focused on conservative principles, said Combs, who credited the lieutenant governor for putting Texas in a strong economic position.
Fighting for principle is not always easy and it is not always visible, Combs said at an Austin news conference. I will tell you that actions speak a lot louder than words.
The low-key news conference at Run-Tex on Riverside Drive stands in stark contrast to the big-crowd events that Dewhursts runoff opponent, Ted Cruz, will attend today and tomorrow. Tonight, thousands of activists will pile into the American Airlines Center in Dallas to hear Cruz along with radio commentator Glenn Beck, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and other tea party leaders. On Friday, Sarah Palin will headline a Cruz rally in The Woodlands in advance of Tuesdays vote.
Earlier on Thursday, state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston posted on his Facebook page that he would vote for Dewhurst. A conservative radio host, Patrick had declined to endorse in the race but did speak up several times to defend Dewhursts conservative record in the Texas Senate.........
Patrick added: Cruz is a bright and talented lawyer who is also a fiery orator. I respect those who see it differently. Im not going to be critical of Cruz. He may well win and if he does we will rally around him in November. Since both Cruz and Dewhurst have said they differ only slightly on the issues in the end its a matter of style and background.
(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...
Voted for Cruz. Time for Dewhurst to leave politics. But I bet his ego will require a run to succeed Rick Perry. Will be interesting to see if the RINOs try to undermine Cruz in the general election.
“Fighting for principle is not always easy and it is not always visible.”
For example, in the invisible land of Unicorns and rainbows, Dewhurst is known as a real conservative,
My sense (as a non-Texan, mind) is that Dewhurst probably came into office long ago with generally conservative views and still has many ... but that, over decades in public service and “logrolling,” he has become beholden to too many people and views to really support MAJOR changes in the very system that made him powerful.
Ted Cruz is younger, fresher and doesn’t owe any favors (except to all the RIGHT kinds of people, like Jim DeMint).
Cruz over Dewhurst is a huge opportunity for Texas conservatives.
I think Patrick just wants Dewhurst out of Austin, to make life easier on the state level to get things accomplished for conservatives, but he has not been honest about his subtle endorsements of Dewhurst.
I voted for Cruz today.
Correct me if I am wrong but didn't your hero Rick Perry also endorse Dewhurst?
Cruz is wupping Dewhurst’s butt!
I cannot imagine going for the RINO for any reason.
“Numbers still solid through 3 days of early voting
More than 11,000 people voted early on Wednesday, notching a third straight day of what Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart has said is a surprisingly strong turnout for the July 31 primary runoffs.
Overall, 32,676 people have now voted early in person, 27,311 of them Republicans and 5,365 of them Democrats.
Mail ballots also are coming in at a good clip: 22,849 were returned as of the close of business Wednesday (15,956 by Republicans and 6,893 by Democrats), with another roughly 17,00 mail ballots still outstanding.
Here is the comprehensive data by polling location, from the clerks office.”..... http://www.harrisvotes.com/Docs/EVPA.pdf
My primary candidate, Rick Perry, did endorse Dewhurst but I voted for Cruz.
How I wish Perry could have simply stayed out of it, at least.
I am not surprised about local Texas politicians endorsing Dewhursrt, I expect many of them have their nose on each other’s butts for some reason or another and there will be loyalty paybacks later in compensation. Dewhurst is still Lt. Governor, more powerful position than even the Governor, and he is wealthy. What is really disturbing is the outside endorsements of Dewhurst, especially the ones of late that came in after Dewhurst has exposed himself as such a slimeball by his dirty campaign. Very disappointing to see Huckabee, Michael Reagan, and now James Inhoffe endorse Dewhurst.
But that's the way isn't it "kick them upstairs" where they end up causing more headaches?
We need someone who can stand tall in the U.S. Senate, holding their own in a small body and sway it to conservative thinking.
Dan Patrick talks the talk but.....
I can't say I'm surprised; he's a liberal with an R next to his name.
Oh, no! Susan Combs (!!) has endorsed Dewhurst! I guess that will erase any influence of the Palin endorsement for Cruz!
I believe this is why no politician who wants any kind of career in Texas can dare endorse Ted Cruz. However, I've also heard that Dewhurst has made his share of enemies so I'm optimistic about Cruz's chances. I still can't believe how dirty the Dewhurst campaign has become and I have to think there will be a backlash.
Perry endorsed Dewhurst to the disappoint of many, including me. Dan Patrick and others have wanted it both ways but have had to come forward and state their choice. I do not intend to re-fight my support of Gov. Perry in the primary with you.
Someone correct me, but wasn’t Dewhurst a big supporter of in-state tuition for illegals who aren’t supposed to be here in the first place? He’s got to be beat.!!
“I think Patrick just wants Dewhurst out of Austin, to make life easier on the state level to get things accomplished for conservatives”
But thanks for saying he has disappointed you. Admitting you have a problem is the first step in correcting it, assuming you want to, that is. My guess is you support Perry still and will in the future. So be it. He's still a liberal and proves it each day.
Perry was booed big time by the crowd at the Republican State Convention recently when he mentioned his support of Dewhurst, at least that was encouraging!
Perry's loyalty is with his crony friends and not conservatism. That, in my mind and the minds of many conservatives, speaks volumes.
I’m going to vote for Cruz, even though I don’t think of Dewhurst as bad at all. I’ll certainly support either one that makes it. Dewhurst isn’t a RHINO, except in the eyes of those whom everyone is a RHINO. We could have, and have had far worse politicians than Dewhurst....
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I agree with you. I think much more highly of Perry than of Dewhurst. If Perry could not muster the courage even to GENTLY break with Dewhurst (by endorsing Cruz, or at least staying neutral), then I have to wonder how courageous he would have been as President. (Mind you, I backed him not as “Mister Ideal” but as the best of a bad lot. And now we have worse!)
Tomorrow in Houston:
“Sarah Palin, whose support has been spotlighted by Ted Cruz as he battles Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the GOP nod for U.S. Senate, will rally for Cruz, along with archconservative U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint on Friday in The Woodlands.
The rally comes on the heels of a big tea party rally in Dallas sponsored by FreedomWorks that will feature Cruz and movement conservative stars like Richard Mourdock, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Indiana.
It comes days before next Tuesdays runoff election.
The rally will be 6-7 p.m. at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands.
Other Cruz backers who plan to be at Fridays rally include Cathie Adams, Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express, and representatives of tea party groups from The Woodlands, Kingwood, Dallas Tea Party and Waco.”......
.......”The announcement is a complete reversal from Patricks fallout with Dewhurst last year, when he accused Dewhurst of putting on an elaborate political play to kill the TSA anti-groping bill that failed in the Texas Senate last session. After the bill was killed, Patrick had announced that he would be exploring options to run for Senate and challenge Dewhursts bid to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison.”........
Sounds like Patrick woke up with a horse’s head in his bed.
Ahhh! Ahhhh! AHhhhhhhhhhhh!!
Great point. I don't like Perry and never did. I especially didn't like him saying outsiders should stay out of Cruz/Dewhurst Senate race. Not only was it arrogant, it was hypocritical and revealed that he was/is fundamentally ignorant on how the US senate operates. The vote of every US senator affects every man woman and child in this nation. Everyone has a right to have a say on who wins that race, including Palin, DeMint and Santorum who Perry was chastising. You are right, we do have a lot worse. But he wasn't my man either.
A four way intersection, on each corner stand. Santa, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fair, and Real Conservative David Dewhurst. Who is the real deal and who is make believe? Neck they’re all make believe.
Susan Combs, who admitted she wanted to use tax policy to control my behavior as a consumer. She spearheaded sales tax for Amazon purchases by Texans, and said, “Think of your friend and neighbors who own businesses that need that level playing field!” I think I’ll pay the sales tax and tell my “friends and neighbors” who lobbied for me to pay more to pound sand. And I already voted for Cruz.
Dan Patrick sold out to Dewhurst and is showing that he has compromised his values to support a RINO like DD.
I fear that Patrick may just be trying to steering attention ti his failing radio station.
I already voted early for Cruz. I heard a radio commercial at noon from Nolan Ryan endorsing Dewhurst. And I went to a Ranger’s game last night...
The folks in most other states don’t understand the unique differences in the power relationship of the Governor versus the Lt. Governor in Texas. They mostly assume it to be much like the US President and Vice-President, where the President is the top dog and the Vice-President does as he’s told.
Texas, however, has one of the most powerful Lt. Governor offices in the nation, and these GOP establishment politicians are merely doing basic CYA in case Dewhurst pulls out a win. If they were to cross him and he won, he could cause them a lot of problems.
In addition to some of Dewhurst’s other questionable actions or positions which have been mentioned, I seem to remember seeing some mention that he was instrumental in the recent redistricting battles in which several TEA Party conservatives were shafted by the GOP establishment. Is that correct?
In any event, I’m not too troubled by these establishment CYA endorsements. The TEA Party conservatives need to just accept that most incumbents within the system aren’t going to stick their necks out, even if they are sympathetic with their goals. These battles are going to have to be won by generating enough overwhelming grassroots activity and momentum to simply sweep these people away.
Susan Combs is another one that can bite the jockey shorts. We need new blood with conservative ideals in Austin too.
To others it is who they are “for” and to others it is who they “Fear”.
Notice the order in which she seeded her adjectives.
"Relentless", and then "conservative". Hmmmm, wonder if she meant "ruthless"?
Sounds like Dewhurst is menacing the officeholders bigtime.
That would be a yes.
I've read that Dewhurst and RiNO speaker of the Texas house Joe Straus of San Antonio (he's a Jewish liberal who votes like a "moderate" Democrat, and his speakership majority is made up of about a dozen GOP "moderates" and the entire Democratic caucus, unhorsing an incumbent conservative-Republican speaker) directly accounted for eight conservative GOP'ers in the state house being paired against each other during redistricting, resulting in losses of at least four of them (perforce) in the primaries and a very likely two-seat gain for the 'Rats because of the new district boundaries.
In addition, all the screwing around cost Texas the chance to vote for conservative presidential candidates in April; our primary was moved to May 29, in order to deny us a chance to help stop Romney.
"How do you like us now?"
Earlier on Thursday, state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston posted on his Facebook page that he would vote for Dewhurst... added: "Cruz is a bright and talented lawyer who is also a fiery orator. I respect those who see it differently. I'm not going to be critical of Cruz. He may well win and if he does we will rally around him in November. Since both Cruz and Dewhurst have said they differ only slightly on the issues in the end it's a matter of style and background."And thanks ak267:
Dewhurst won the Jimmy Carter “co generation Lotto.”
He made a butt load of money on the backs of North Texas electric ratepayers.
He claims he earned it.
Rick Perry likes Dewhurst because he has lots of money.
Perry would like a rich rat turd.
Man, this is turning out to be a real slugfest! I want Dewey down and out in the first round.
Dang pogo, your insight is 20/20 tonight!
I remember sharing my gut feelings and observations about Perry early in the primary. I'm in Texas, and read through his phoney baloney 'conservatism' a long time ago. I was honestly shocked that so many of my fellow Texans shot me down over it. They had to have seen the same things I had.
Now he's vindicated my perceptions in spades. Despite the fact that the Tea Party gave him their unbridled support in his last run for Governor, and not an insignificant amount of support for his presidential bid, he comes out and supports his crony - a man who's done everything in his power to thwart the will of conservatives in Texas.
I never did understand the support for Perry among conservatives. Guys like him and Dewhurst, are establishment machine politicians, who are far out of alignment with patriotic, Tea Party conservatives.
Someone who can't even spell the acronym, RINO, probably doesn't know one when they see one.
For people not in the know, please read the following:
Dan Patrick (for whom the Tea Party was practically creates) has always been quite clear about things work in Austin. If you don’t suck-up to THE MAN, you get nowhere.
In Dan’s case, he has to suck up to the governor - which is why he was in New Hampshire last winter trying to help him in his bid for president (as if he had a prayer). Now he has to suck up to Dewhurst, who, almost certainly, will still be running the TEXAS Senate in January.
Patrick has made it more than clear what he thinks about Dewhurst (who is Governor Perry’s bitch in the State Senate for killing conservative legislation), and it’s NOT pretty. But Dan will have to deal with him in January, and hence the supposed endorsement*.
*but not a real endorsement, as it doesn’t even show up on Dewhurst’s website.
I've never seen Perry as anything but a leftist political hack who changed parties for political gain. My mayor did the exact same thing. He was a lifelong democRAT and switched parties because he thought it would help him politically. The same can be said of Perry. Thankfully, Perry continues to torpedo any chance he may have had of ever becoming POTUS and will stay in Texas where he belongs.
Dewhurst supporters are very very very touchy right now....every comment is deemed an attack or slight.
I smell fear.
Oops, trying to post from a cell phone. I do know, however ,when I see someone wearing their ass up over their head.