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Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst spar in last debate

By Jonathan Tilove - American-Statesman Staff

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick sparred with practiced acrimony over familiar issues of bankruptcy and trustworthiness Wednesday at the last debate before the May 27 GOP lieutenant governor runoff. But they also tussled over the details of a Dewhurst outing last summer: how long he left the Senate abortion debate to have a late evening tête-à-tête with a consultant at Austin Land and Cattle Company and precisely what he consumed.

Dewhurst’s break from the abortion debate during the first special session last June to meet with political consultant Rob Johnson, his former chief of staff, became a source of derision at the time. Critics said the episode was emblematic of the lieutenant governor’s inattention to the serious business at hand.

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