October 11, 2021      6:00 PM
SB: Lt. Gov. Patrick clearly wields influence with Trump to intimidate Abbott, state senate candidates, and now Texas House GOP leadership
Texas House GOP campaigns in 2020 helped put Trump over the top in the election he now wants audited; next year’s primaries could be badly delayed if redistricting gets bogged down further thanks to another protracted debate over other election laws
First, it is no secret
that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick maintains a friendly and working relationship
with former President Donald Trump, who as of late seems quite tuned in to
Texas legislative minutiae. In addition to intimidating Gov. Greg Abbott
over a “forensic audit” of the 2020 Texas election, Mr. Trump is now also
threatening Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan with a primary
if even more elections legislation isn’t passed this year.
At GOP events around the
state, Patrick often talks to party activists about how he can call Trump on
his cell phone at any time to talk about a variety of issues. “Nonstop
bragging,” as one Republican put it after attending such a speech. Others
thought it was “pretty cool” that Patrick and Trump are close.
By Scott Braddock