Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick certainly knows how to whip up a frenzy of fear among his fans. That was a plus for him as a radio talk-show host and it undoubtedly boosted his ratings in his previous job.
It is not such a positive trait for the person in the second-most powerful position in the Texas government. (In fact, some contend the lieutenant governor is more powerful than the governor.)
This is one reason we recommend Democratic challenger Mike Collier for lieutenant governor in the Nov. 6 elections.
Instead of focusing on bathrooms — Patrick’s crusade to “protect” the children of Texas from nonexistent danger — Collier wants to do work that is actually important to the state.
His priorities are simple and straightforward: Close loopholes that allow some corporations to pay far less than the fair market value of their holdings, take a businesslike approach to examining school finance, expand Medicaid coverage to give Texas its fair share of federal dollars, and to establish an independent bipartisan commission to study the effect of gerrymandering in our state.
Collier is running a good, thoughtful campaign and may have some trouble getting through to voters over the din of Patrick’s relentless fearmongering.
But Collier is needed to oversee the Texas Senate which, not so long ago, was a deliberative body that worked much better than it does today. A temperate voice who is not afraid of compromise is needed, and Collier would provide just that.