Patrick and Dewhurst Go From Allies to Opponents

A year before state Sen. Dan Patrick announced he would challenge Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the 2014 primary, the Houston Republican and radio host was vigorously defending Dewhurst’s record on the airwaves and on his Facebook page.

In the last months of Dewhurst’s unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate bid against Ted Cruz, Patrick, the founder of the Texas Legislature’s Tea Party Caucus, repeatedly vouched for the lieutenant governor’s conservative credentials as he desperately tried to buoy support among grassroots Republicans who had flocked to Cruz.

The move, which came despite a strained history between the two men, helped turn ...

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