While Congress is showing no signs of moving forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform, the complicated issue was spotlighted Tuesday night in a heated debate between state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Patrick and Castro aren’t running against each other for political office; Castro isn’t running for anything right now.
Patrick is running for what many call the most powerful job in Texas, lieutenant governor, and he’s doing it with ads like this:
As promised, state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston and incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the two remaining Republican candidates in the runoff for lieutenant governor, planned to face off for a debate, but when the debate organizers declined to allow media access, Patrick declined to participate.
The debate was scheduled to take place at Houston’s famed River Oaks Country Club, and was to be put on by the business-conscious C Club of Houston.
Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick’s campaign has set a date for a debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro -- the campaign also leaked information about a possible statewide runoff debate in the planning stages with incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Allen Blakemore, Patrick’s chief campaign strategist, said they have settled on April 15 for the debate that has caused much friction between the two elected officials.
Going into the final leg of the Republican lieutenant governor race, incumbent David Dewhurst led state Sen. Dan Patrick by a narrow margin, but strong early polling numbers and the possible effects of an icy Election Day has given Patrick the edge when all the votes were counted.
Most political experts were predicting a runoff between Patrick and Dewhurst and it came true.
A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tribune shows current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick are pulling away from Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.
The new numbers show Dewhurst at 37 percent of the vote and Patrick close behind with 31 percent.
"We are seeing this shaping up to be another establishment incumbent versus tea party insurgent race," said professor Jim Henson, who heads up UT-Austin’s Texas Politics Project.
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News of state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, knowingly employing a person who was in the country illegally in the 1980s has caused more sparks to fly in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the candidate that exposed Patrick’s employment practices, is promising more to come.
Houston resident Miguel Andrade recently came forward saying that while working for one of Patrick’s sports bars in the mid-1980s, he was in the country illegally and Patrick had knowledge of this. Patterson confirmed this fact with a letter written by Patrick.
Republican Dan Patrick has released a new YouTube video and radio ad challenging San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to a debate ahead of the March primaries. Castro said he would not debate Patrick until after the March election date.
Part of the $1.8 million dollars that Patrick, a Republican candidate in the lieutenant governor’s race, has spent is radio ads that continue to prod Castro to debate him on the topic of immigration.
Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race are spending big on their statewide TV advertising during the first week of early primary voting.
Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is a calculated effort behind which cities they are spending the money in. Henson said how candidates allocate campaign resources among the different geographic urban areas is a big factor behind winning.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro has offered Dan Patrick, one of the Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor, several dates for debate on the topic of immigration. The debate was spurred by a Twitter exchange between the two men in January.
Castro said he had grown sick of the rhetoric regarding the topic of immigration and singled out Patrick as being "anti-immigrant."
"Dan Patrick is scapegoating immigrants and using fear as a means to try to win votes and try and get elected lieutenant governor," Castro said.