Analysis: A Betrayal Roils a Top Political Race

The standard for good old-fashioned treachery in politics is pretty low — in fact, many people think politics is a synonym for treachery. Even with that, the latest move by one of the state’s biggest business groups against the sitting lieutenant governor was breathtaking.

Texans for Lawsuit Reform bailed on its longtime political friend David Dewhurst after supporting him through the primary election. Dewhurst came in second in March to state Sen. Dan Patrick, finishing far enough behind to surprise nearly everyone and to inspire widespread speculation that he would drop out of the race without a runoff.

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