Jerry Patterson, the state's land commissioner, quickly tossed his hat into the 2014 race for lieutenant governor when Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced he would be running for the U.S. Senate next year. In an interview this week with the Tribune, Patterson talked about getting in so early, why he ought to get the job, the issues at play and his potential opponents, Comptroller Susan Combs and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
Video excerpts and an edited transcript follow.
TT: Why's everyone jumping into this race so early?
Patterson: Well, time is money and money is time. It ...