Staples Takes a Swing at Combs — for 2014 Race

If they run against each other at all, the race is two years away, but Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples took a swipe at Comptroller Susan Combs today with a letter that's apparently designed to undercut her support among Republican activists.

The two officeholders each has been maneuvering for lieutenant governor. That office won't be on the ballot until 2014, but current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is running for U.S. Senate in 2012, and the seat is expected to be open. Another statewide officeholder, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, says he'll run. Staples has said he's interested ...

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