Friendly Fire in Texas Legislative Races

This is not unusual: candidates lining up to challenge incumbents in primary elections. That is a simple risk of political life.

But this is unusual: a member of the Legislature actively working to knock off a sitting legislator from the same political party.

So it got a little attention from the whispering set when Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Tomball, endorsed Danny Pelton in the Republican primary for a Central Texas House seat currently claimed by state Rep. J.D. Sheffield of Gatesville. Fletcher, the chairman of the Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus, is not alone in the elected class: Jerry Patterson ...

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