June 17, 2017      4:40 PM
In Round Rock, Democrat Mike Collier kicks off campaign for Texas Lieutenant Governor
Houston businessman begins the fight in Dan Patrick’s power base: The suburbs
ROCK – With perhaps all the fiery rhetoric a certified public accountant can
possibly muster in nearly 100-degree heat, businessman Mike Collier on Saturday afternoon officially launched his
Democratic bid to be the next presiding officer of the Texas Senate.
campaign kickoff seemed to eschew arguments about “turning Texas blue,” focusing
on the idea that the race should be about common-sense solutions instead of
partisanship and ideology. Collier, a businessman who lives in Houston, argued he
is ready to address critical public policy questions facing a state that is for
the first time in years beginning to lag economically.
want someone who will drop the partisan nonsense,” Collier said. That was evidently
one of the reasons the Democrat started his steep uphill climb in the
Republican stronghold of Williamson County. “I love to come into Republican
territory,” he said. Collier’s roots are in the suburbs outside Austin, having
gone to high school in nearby Georgetown.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick “the worst
lieutenant governor in the history of the state,” Collier said his own track
record in the private sector should be the measuring stick used by voters next
By Scott Braddock