Report: Van de Puttes lost thousands gambling

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte has released three years of tax returns show that she and her husband earned a combined $143,000 to $184,000 a year between 2010 and 2012.

The federal returns also showed the San Antonio state senator and her husband, Pete Van de Putte, also lost $10,000 gambling in Las Vegas over two years, 2011 and 2012.

“Several times a year, Senator Van de Putte’s husband, Pete, visits Las Vegas for trade shows related to his flag and banner business, Dixie Flag, and also for vacations,” said an official statement from Manny Garcia, spokesperson for the Van de Putte campaign. “Pete likes to gamble, and apparently not very well.”

The San Antonio Express-News reported the Van de Puttes’ income hinged largely on their flag business. Leticia Van de Putte reported earning less than the $7,200 salary specified for state senators but about $16,000 a year as a pharmacist and $16,000 a year working for a provider of business outsourcing tools.

They also reported about $42,000 in oil and gas royalties over three years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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