Speaking before a gaggle of reporters at Republican Party of Texas headquarters in Austin, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he will be running for re-election and endorsing Gov. Greg Abbott in his presumptive run for reelection as well.
“Once and for all I’m not running against Greg Abbott, not in ’18, not ever,” said Patrick. “Put it in cement: I’m not running against Greg Abbott.”
Patrick’s announcement should placate the Austin media rumor mill which repeatedly alleged that he was planning a run against Abbott despite repeated public statements by Patrick who has claimed that his current post is the “best job in politics next to the president.”
His statement is a lot more accurate than most would believe.
Despite officially a lower rank than governor, many argue that the office of lieutenant governor is the most powerful position in Texas politics. As the presiding officer of the Texas Senate, Texas’ lieutenant governor has sizable clout in how and what legislation moves through the state’s upper chamber.
It’s that influence that Patrick has used to push for conservative reform with remarkable success in only his first year at the post. And with a host of serious priorities this session, he’s expected to do the same this session.
Elected with overwhelming grassroots support, Patrick took post as lieutenant governor and has delivered on many of his campaign promises. As long as he continues to fight, Patrick will be a prohibitive favorite in his re-election campaign.