After the first legislative session, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said the abortion legislation that perished amid shouting from the Texas Senate gallery was nevertheless popular across Texas.
“Late last night, a bill supported by a majority of the Texas Legislature and a majority of Texans, was shouted down by a rude, unruly mob who decided that the legislative process is only worthwhile when it produces something they support,” Patterson said in an email sent on behalf of his 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor. Other expected candidates in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor include the incumbent, David Dewhurst, along with state Sen. Dan Patrick and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
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Statement: Says unsuccessful Texas abortion legislation “was supported by a majority of” Texans.