Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says House Speaker Dade Phelan should apologize to members after championing the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton which was soundly rejected by the Texas Senate. 

Since Paxton was acquitted on Saturday, Patrick has been critical of the House-led impeachment, blasting the House for rushing through the process and not following proper procedure in interviewing witnesses. 

In response, Phelan has accused Patrick of “attack[ing] the House for standing up to corruption.”

In an interview on The Salcedo Storm, Patrick said Phelan should admit to members he was wrong rather than create “a new conspiracy to cover up their tracks.”

“He just needs to be a man. He just needs to step up and say, Look, we were wrong. We rushed this,” said Patrick. “This case fell because of our process, and all those [60] Republicans who voted for this, who had their arms twisted to vote for it, they should say, ‘You know what, I made a mistake voters. I’m sorry. I listened to the speaker. This was a rush to judgment. I was wrong.’”

Patrick also denied rumors that he had any influence in the outcome of the trial.

“If I even attempted to suggest to one of them how they should vote, they’d throw me out the door. These are grown men and women. These are mature adults, it’s an insult to them,” said Patrick.

He also called any suggestions to the contrary a “conspiracy theory.”

“Let me tell you why I say conspiracy theory, because Dade has to say something and blame it on something. Otherwise, they realize he was the one who drove it all. And he was the one who put them at risk. And so that’s what this is all about. I don’t pay any attention to it. It’s a bunch of losers who are crying now on their beer, saying, ‘Oh, well, it has to be someone else. We did our job.’ They did nothing.”

Listen to the full interview on The Salcedo Storm here. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Managing 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