Candidates for 2014 Already Getting Busy

Just when your mailbox is clear of attacks and your television is free of fuzzy and unflattering black-and-white images of career politicians, the political pros have already started manufacturing grist for the elections two years from now.

Comptroller Susan Combs, who would just love to be the state’s next lieutenant governor, just moved a top aide, David White, from her state office to her campaign.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson just hired Chris Elam, a political operative, away from the Republican Party of Texas to run his campaign — an announcement made under the letterhead “Patterson for Lieutenant Governor.”

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