Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is receiving support from some unusual places while he continues his campaign against gun owners and the National Rifle Association

In response to a tweet by Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan in which he highlighted Patrick’s “proposal” for expanding government background checks on private firearm sales, Patrick fired back by defending his position. He accused Sullivan—and others who oppose his gun-control proposal—of wanting firearms to be sold to violent felons.

That tweet received a lot of attention from conservatives, who saw the post as yet another attack on gun owners whom Patrick has been at war with in recent weeks. In response, many Texans, including former State Rep. Matt Rinaldi and conservative talk-show host Dana Loesch, took to Twitter to fire back.

Not all responses were negative, however. In a turn of events that would have been unbelievable just one year ago, Patrick has received praise from those on the left—including Scott Milder, his former Republican primary opponent who went on to endorse Patrick’s Democrat challenger.

Steve Riddell, a liberal Democrat running in the race to replace State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford), also went out of his way to say he was surprised to see himself agreeing with the lieutenant governor. 

Meanwhile, some Democrat activists have viewed Patrick’s stake as evidence that Texas may indeed turn blue. 


With U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and several conservative lawmakers in the Texas Legislature seemingly opposing Patrick’s campaign for expanded background checks, it remains to be seen how long the lieutenant governor will continue his crusade. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens