Dewhurst picks up endorsement from Ron Paul, Jerry Patterson

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst addresses the senate chamber during an attempted filibuster of an abortion bill by Sen. Wendy Davis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — David Dewhurst picked up a pair of big endorsements ahead of the May 27 runoff election for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

The endorsements came from former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul and also Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

Patterson held an event Thursday specifically listing the top 10 reasons why he won’t endorse Dan Patrick. One alleged Patrick was a “draft dodger” during the Vietnam War.

Patrick demanded an apology saying he reported for duty in 1972 but was given a “medical deferment” for childhood injuries.

In a statement Patrick said: “The fact that they would attempt to smear me, and question my patriotism, is reprehensible.    These men have no honor; they know no shame.” 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. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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