Elections

Round Two Of Lt. Gov. GOP Runoff Debate On Wednesday

A UH political science professor previews the Dewhurst/Patrick rematch.

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Lt. Gov. candidates Dewhurst and Patrick square off during a debate Friday, May 2, at Houston Public Media.

The two candidates in the runoff for the Republican nomination in the Lieutenant Governor’s race will meet for another debate this week.

Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Houston State Senator Dan Patrick are set to take part in a round-table discussion in Dallas on Wednesday.

Brandon Rottinghaus is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. He says the upcoming debate will be a chance for Lt. Gov. Dewhurst to reinforce his major theme from Friday night’s debate at Houston Public Media.

“His approach is to say that Senator Patrick can’t be trusted,” Rottinghaus said.

He believes Dewhurst is trying to play up his stability after 11 years as Lt. Gov.

“And that if you vote for Dan Patrick, we don’t know what you’re going to get. And that’s something that’s not a scenario that is viable,” Rottinghaus said.

Rottinghaus expects Sen. Patrick to continue making the point that Republicans are dissatisfied with Dewhurst’s leadership of the state Senate – specifically with the handling of last year’s abortion bill.

“The argument is that his lack of leadership essentially opens the door for there to be this major, dramatic Democratic filibuster of the abortion legislation that eventually passed,” he said.

According to Rottinghaus, the tone of Wednesday’s debate could get edgier if Dewhurst continues with the personal attacks on Patrick that he made on Friday.

The runoff for the Lt. Gov. nomination is May 27th. The winner will face Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio in November.

 

Watch Friday’s Debate 

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