State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is making the rounds on conservative talk radio this morning announcing the formation of a new group — the Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas

The group, which Patrick has founded as a response response to the Tea Party movement, pledges to unite conservatives and inform voters who “need to know there are Republican legislators who share their beliefs and will uphold their principals.” So far, 57 other Republican legislators and 5 Republican primary winners who will oppose Democrats in the November election have signed on.

A press statement released this morning says each member has committed to supporting 5 principles:

   -Stand for conservative principals and to put people before Party.

   -Fiscally accountable, limit the size of government, and fight for free market principles.

   -Protect our borders and to support a strong military.

   -Protect life, support strong family values, and uphold the Judeo-Christian beliefs our nation was founded upon.

   -Honor the Constitution and protect the sovereign rights of Texas.

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