In a bizarre text message, State Rep. Glenn Rogers threatened Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to a duel following Miller’s endorsement of his opponent.

The exchange was shared on Monday by Miller and shows Rogers texting him on Saturday night shortly after 9 p.m.

“You are a bought and paid for, pathetic narcissist. If you had any honor, you would challenge me, or any of my Republican colleagues to a duel instead of strutting around posting pictures with a rifle threatening to shoot RINOS. A RINO is any conservative Republican not bought and paid for by Wilks and Dunn. You are an embarrassment to agriculture and the State of Texas.”

Rogers concluded his unusual missive with an explicit call to “Kiss My Ass!”

Miller says it appears the campaign is getting to him.

“If he’s this mad just because I endorsed his primary opponent, there’s no telling what he will do once I start campaigning with him?”

As for the duel? Miller gladly accepted, with one caveat.

“As the challenged party, I get to choose the weapon. I choose words! Let’s debate how you and your RINO buddies sold out the conservative cause,” said Miller.

Indeed, Rogers has had a turbulent time on the campaign trail.

Sources say Rogers has not fared well in recent polling of the district. He is opposed in the Republican primary election by Mike Olcott, who has the endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, and Attorney General Ken Paxton, in addition to Miller. He is also endorsed by the True Texas Project and Grassroots America We The People. 

Texas Scorecard recently caught Rogers touting fake endorsements from elected officials who didn’t support his campaign. He was also on the receiving end of the only campaign contribution reported by disgraced former Speaker Joe Straus’ PAC last year.

Rogers did not respond to a request for comment.

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