Lt. Gov. Patrick Fights Back After Being Target Of Conservatives On Twitter

Chris Fox
September 18, 2019 - 12:27 pm

Credit: State of Texas

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Lt. Governor Dan Patrick on Tuesday found himself the target of a former Republican ally.

Empower Texans CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan called out Patrick on social media for his new position on tightening the background check system on gun sales to include stranger-to-stranger sales.

Sullivan tweeting “it is sadly evident too many politicians are all too willing to betray our Constitution in the name of their own political power.

Patrick fired back a response challenging Sullivan on two different issues.

Patrick defended his background check plan saying, “Apparently you are fine with selling your guns to total strangers who can’t pass a background check because they could be a violent felon or someone bent on mass violence.” Patrick went on to say, “BTW, release the tape. You are destroying our party.”

This last part of the tweet refers to the secretly recorded audio tape of a meeting between Sullivan with House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and then-GOP Caucus Chair State Rep. Dustin Burrows.

Sullivan claims Bonnen and Burrows offered him media credentials in exchange for help defeating incumbent House Republicans who oppose Bonnen. The two are being investigated by the Texas Rangers for campaign finance violations and bribery stemming from the meeting. Bonnen initially denied offering Sullivan a deal, then eventually apologized for the “terrible things” he said about his colleagues in the meeting.

The tape has been turned over to the Texas Rangers, and played for selected members of the House GOP Caucus, but not released to the public.

Rice University Political Scientist Mark Jones says the issue is dividing the Texas GOP. “This tape is doing the (Republican) party more harm than good and that Tweets like his, all that they’re going to do is insure that the Republican Party becomes irrelevant.” Jones believes the tape and tweets from Sullivan continue to sew dissent creating a caustic relationship to exist within the Texas GOP. This could mean trouble for Texas Republicans heading into the 2020 Elections.