Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, endorses Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for re-election in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. Patrick has done a superb job serving in the most powerful position in the Texas government, for the constitutional structure of this State gives the Lieutenant Governor the most influence.
As Lieutenant Governor, Patrick has shown great leadership on some issues very important to the vast majority of Texans. Just recently, he harshly criticized the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees the road construction and maintenance work of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for TxDOT’s decision during 2017 to begin a major campaign to construct tollroads across Texas. Patrick had campaigned against tollroads when he ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2014 and held to his promise in office. TxDOT backed off after Governor Greg Abbott joined Patrick’s call to stop the construction of tollroads.
At this time, there is only one community destined to suffer from a tollroad project and that’s because its County Judge and one County Commissioner lied to TxDOT on June 29, 2017, in Austin and told them that the community was “unified in support” for the tollroad. Who is that unfortunate community? Montgomery County, which is suffering from the Tx-249 Tollway project that will benefit only two (2) Montgomery County citizens: County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley.
While Doyal and Riley have been goats on the tollroad issue, Patrick has been a hero.
During the 85th Legislative Session, Patrick led Texas in outlawing sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants and in ending automatic collection of labor union dues. More importantly, Patrick was the leading conservative voice in Austin to fight against the liberal agenda of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and the democrats who worked with him to stop conservative legislation.
Patrick was instrumental in the passage of Senate Bill 2, Senator Paul Bettencourt’s and Senator Brandon Creighton’s property tax reform bill. Sadly, Straus killed the legislation in the Texas House.
Patrick set the convivial tone in the Texas Senate. There was substantial bipartisanship in the Senate on a variety of legislation. Much of the legislation which passed the Senate on bipartisan votes died in the House when the liberal Straus wouldn’t allow it to come to the House floor for a vote.
Patrick is a conservative leader outside of Austin as well. He’s be instrumental in fundraising for state, local, and federal conservative candidates. He campaigns tirelessly for his conservative beliefs. The guy is everywhere. It’s truly amazing.
At the October 16, 2017, hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee held in New Caney after Tropical Storm Harvey, Patrick began the hearing with the observation, “Senator [Brandon] Creighton has been relentless in trying to help people and small businesses through this very difficult time…This hearing is just the beginning…It’s just the first step in a very long process in getting plans and getting the funding, mostly from the federal government, in order to help mitigate the damage in the future.”
Patrick mentioned flood mitigation steps he supports are “releasing water beforehand,” “transparency,” and “doing everything we can to make sure our rivers are clear and bridges are free from debris.”
“You can’t stop the rain but you can work on the impact,” Patrick concluded. “We need to be better prepared for a storm.”
Patrick is a principled leader, but he’s got a strong personal background to give him a lot of common sense. We need more leaders like that, especially in Austin and in Montgomery County.