Dem Enters Lt. Gov Race

By Don Morgan

He’s run for state office before and this time around Mike Collier is setting his sights pretty high.

Collier is going to file paperwork today to be the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor if Texas.

Brandon Rottinghaus is a Political Science Professor at the University of Houston and we asked him about Collier’s chances against Patrick.

“I would say..very low chance. Dan Patrick is very popular and he has a very strong and influential tone and that’s something he’s used to great effect.”

Collier ran for State Comptroller in the last election cycle and Rottinghaus says even though Collier is qualified, he’s taking on a tall order.

“This is a whole other animal. Running against Dan Patrick means that you have to engage in a clear ideological battle and answer some great questions against Dan Patrick who is a really strong politician.”

Rottinghaus says being a Democrat in Texas is an uphill battle, made tougher when you go up against someone as popular as Patrick.

Collier will submit his paperwork at 1 this afternoon at the Texas Democratic Party Headquarters in Austin.



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