October 12, 2005


Dan Patrick kicks off campaign: Host announces on his radio show he's entering GOP Senate primary (KRISTEN MACK, 10/12/05, Houston Chronicle)

Radio personality Dan Patrick on Tuesday joined the 2006 GOP primary field to succeed retiring Republican state Sen. Jon Lindsay in District 7.

Patrick announced his candidacy on KSEV (700 AM) radio, during his regular afternoon drive-time show. The two-hour block of air time was a paid political advertisement, by the Dan Patrick for Senate campaign.

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt, Patrick's campaign treasurer, participated in Patrick's broadcast along with other conservative leaders, including physician Steven Hotze, who crusades for conservative Christian values in government. The show was broadcast live from Main Street Crossing in Tomball.

Patrick said he will focus on reducing property taxes and eliminating the pension state legislators receive. Legislators boosted their pensions, which have been tied to judicial salaries since 1975, by 22 percent during the last session.

Patrick also said he wants to focus on immigration.

"Until we stop the illegal flow of people coming in this country, our property taxes will continue to go up, our school taxes will go up, the cost of health care will go up," he said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 12, 2005 1:08 PM

Can't wait to hear Olbermann's response...

Posted by: b at October 12, 2005 1:17 PM

Yeah, Olberman and him are an odd couple.

Posted by: pchuck at October 12, 2005 1:49 PM

You mean Keith "Ken Starr bears a striking resemblance to Hermann Goering" Olbermann might not be completely happy with this?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 12, 2005 1:56 PM

Keith's having enough problems as it is being on the same side of the Harriet Miers issue as the NRO and Weekly Standard folks. After this, he'll probably be harking for the halcion days of all those Monica Lewinsky stories.

Posted by: John at October 12, 2005 2:11 PM

I assume that you all know that this is not the Dan Patrick of ESPN fame, but another Dan Patrick who has a local conservative talk show in Houston.

Posted by: "Edward" at October 12, 2005 3:38 PM

Yeah, we're talking about a different Keith Olbermann too. Absolutely.

Posted by: jefferson park at October 12, 2005 4:16 PM