Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says he’ll never run for governor against Greg Abbott.
Not only that, he says he’s not going to run for governor ever.
Do I believe him? Is this the final word on the subject?
I remain a bit dubious about this disavowal of any further political ambition. As for the finality, do not bet anything, not a nickel, that we’ve heard the last of it.
As lieutenant governor, Patrick presides over the Texas Senate. As governor, Abbott is the state’s chief executive. Patrick’s conservative agenda is well-known. So is his rather meteoric temperament. Abbott’s conservative credentials also are beyond question. However, there are times when he doesn’t seem as fervently conservative as Patrick.
I hear what Patrick says today about his political ambition. However, these things can and do change.
There’s just something about Patrick that makes me wonder whether he’s telling us the whole truth.
The late U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen once told me he wouldn’t accept a vice-presidential spot on the Democratic Party ticket in 1988. Then he did.
The late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy said he wouldn’t seek the presidency in 1968. Then he did.
I believe Dan Patrick is capable of changing his mind.