My San Antonio
May 26, 2011
AUSTIN — Sen. Dan Patrick, one of the most prominent conservatives in the Senate, lashed out at Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst Wednesday, blaming him for the death of a bill that would have banned airport security pat-downs.
Patrick accused Dewhurst of caving in to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Justice Department, who raised concerns in a letter Tuesday that Patrick’s bill would negatively affect airport security and that the federal government would seek an emergency stay of the law.
Dewhurst said he was just relaying the feds’ concerns. But Patrick, R-Houston, questioned if Dewhurst was the kind of man conservatives would want in the U.S. Senate. Dewhurst has been contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Kay Bailey Hutchison but has not made a decision.
“Someone who will undermine his members and someone who will not stand up to the federal government — you have to ask yourself is that the kind of person that we need in the U.S. Senate,” Patrick said.
This article was posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 3:45 am