A Tea Party candidate is typically the conservative candidate who doesn't believe in compromise when it comes to certain values. Though he or she may be scorned or laughed at by peers, the candidate tends to hold strong, through thick or thin, to sincere beliefs.
Such a person is Senator Dan Patrick of Texas. Elected in 2006 and true to conservative principles, he has made clear his beliefs "in God we Trust," "one nation under God," Second Amendment rights, a secure border, being tough on crime, the Sonogram Bill, the Charter Bill, and, among other issues, tax cuts for small business.
As fiery host of "The DP Show" for several years in Houston, Dan raised over $16 million for children with disabilities. He has written a Christian best seller and has produced an award winning Christian movie.
In the primary he was up against Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a self-funding multi-millionaire first elected in 2002. Dewhurst would be considered too moderate, maybe even stale, in the minds of most tea party voters. In contrast, Patrick has shown he would fight to keep Texas very conservative. With this victory under his belt, Dan Patrick commented, "What a night! I am honored to be the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of this great state.."
Now he's ready to move on to November against Texas state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte.