If the Tea Party is dying, someone forgot to tell Texans.
In the Republican Primary Runoffs yesterday, sitting Establishment GOP Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was wiped out by almost a 2-to-1 margin by Sen. Dan Patrick. And good riddance to Dirty David, a notorious big money gutter campaigner.
In the race for Attorney General, it again was not close as Tea Party fave Ken Paxton won with 64% of the vote.
Ted Cruz-backed Konni Burton won the GOP nomination for Wendy Davis’ State Senate seat with over 60%.
And the Tea Party won again in a mild upset in the 4th Congressional District Congressional race with John Ratcliffe defeating Rep. Ralph Hall. Hall used to be my congressman and certainly had an honorable and venerable career. At 91, he has served in Congress for 34 years and served well. For much of that time, he was the House’s most conservative Democrat, voting to impeach Bill Clinton and refusing to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. (He switched to the Republican Party in 2004.)
Although it may have been time for a change, I thank Congressman Hall for his honorable service.