The race for Texas Lt. Governor is starting to take shape, Today, the Todd Staples campaign released a new video:
The video is very well produced and does exactly what needs to be done at this point in the campaign – introduces/reintroduces you to the candidate, let’s you know that there is a battle looming with Democrats, has a lot of energy stressing his relative youthfulness compared to the rest of the field, and hits key conservative themes. It is very well produced and shows the advantage of his lead in campaign cash. He is going to be tough to beat.
I’ve only met him in passing and heard one speech, so I need to make sure that I catch him when he’s in the Houston area a few times to really understand him and his campaign. But I will say that among the people that I talk to frequently about politics, he is well liked and highly regarded and most consider him the frontrunner among the candidates to challenge Lt. Gov. Dewhurst.
Jerry Patterson was the State Senator who authored the Texas Concealed Carry law and is currently in his third term as Texas Land Commissioner. Jerry is one of several Texans who are seeking the support of Texas conservatives in the race for Lieutenant Governor.
Jerry Patterson says that our state government is full of greed, stupidity and headed down the path of Washington, D.C.
The KWTP will have to decide who we will support in the crucial race for Lieutenant Governor. Each man running says he is the best conservative candidate, each one says you can count on him to keep Texas strong. Let’s see how Jerry Patterson stacks up during a boisterous KWTP Town Hall style meeting.
This will be an excellent chance to get a good grasp of who Patterson is and why he is running. Like I said, he’s been very visible in Harris County and is taking advantage of seemingly every opportunity to speak to voters. That makes a lot of sense because he has a very personable, warm, and engaging one on one style that is perfect for a grassroots campaign. In some ways, I’m surprised that the “in the know” crowd discount him so readily – I suppose they base that on the “you can’t meet everyone” theory and the fact that Staples will have more money for mass market advertising, but if Patterson keeps working this hard, he’s going to meet an awful lot of people. And if they tell their friends, who tell their friends, anything can happen.
People keep asking if Dewhurst is really going to run again. He says he is and has hired some new campaign people and is out and about speaking to various groups. The problem is that he can’t seem to break through the public relations barrier that has built up between him and the voters over the years. If you look at his record, it is wonderful. But as we saw last year, records really don’t matter much anymore. It’s almost as if each election is independent of everything a person has accomplished in life and based primarily on rhetoric. If his campaign team can’t break through that and get people to focus on his actual conservative accomplishments, the question won’t be “can Staples or Patterson get in a runoff with Dewhurst?” The question will be, can Dewhurst avoid a third place finish?
So I’d advise you to get out and meet these folks whenever you can. You’re going to have to make a decision sooner than you think about who to support.