By Tony Farkas
GROVETON — The tour bus of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick came to town not only for a campaign stop, but for, as Patrick put it, the best Philly cheesesteak sandwich in 130 cities from the County Seat Café.
The tour hit town on Wednesday at noon, stopping briefly before heading to Lufkin.
While Patrick had no prepared remarks, he did say that this year’s election was critical because the state, and the country, are up against socialist methods.
“The Democrat Party is not the party that some people remember; it’s been taken over by the left and they want Texas to be California,” he said. “The (Texas candidates) are all running on Joe Biden’s platform — (destroy) the oil and gas industry, open up the border more, or letting boys play girls’ sports — all these woke things that will destroy Texas and the country.”
Patrick said conservatives have to draw the line, and the key will be voter turnout.
“We have to get as many people to win, not just by a big margin, but by a big turnout,” he said.
Key issues facing Texans, particularly in the upcoming Legislature, will be getting more power to the Texas electricity grid, border security and education.
To help the grid, Patrick said the state will need to level the playing field with the renewable resource industries, since fossil fuel providers are at a disadvantage because of federal subsidies.
He also said that it is critical to decrease property taxes for landowner, and to provide more funding for border security.