Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick, a conservative radio magnate and candidate for Lt. Governor of Texas, has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president, according to an August 31, 2013 story in the Dallas Morning News. This has elicited charges of flip flopping from some of his opponents. He also might be seen as premature as Cruz has not announced for president and the presidential campaigning season is perhaps two years away.
Patrick had endorsed Dewhurst for United States Senate in 2012 when the current Lt. Governor against whom he is running was vying with Ted Cruz. Cruz went on to win comfortably and has shot to the top of the list of Republican favorites for president in the 2016 election.
Patrick has been involved in conservative politics for decades, even before he became an elected official. It was his radio station that first brought Rush Limbaugh to the Houston market when the now famous talk show host was first starting out. While in the Texas state senate, Patrick has concentrated on education issues as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
Patrick’s endorsement of Dewhurst occurred when it appeared that the Lt. Governor had a lock on the United States Senate seat that Kay Bailey Hutchison was retiring from. Cruz, a tea party favorite whose politics are more aligned with Patrick’s, showed unexpected strength, beating Dewhurst in a brutal primary contest and then easily winning the general election.