Republican Jerry Patterson defects, picks Democrat over George P. Bush
AUSTIN — Former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is party-jumping for this year’s general election, refusing to endorse fellow Republican George P. Bush and instead backing the Democratic candidate for his old job.
Miguel Suazo, an attorney and Democratic candidate for land commissioner, on Friday announced the endorsement of Patterson, Bush’s chief GOP critic. Patterson lost against Bush in his bid to regain the state office in the March Republican primary but spent his campaign slamming the incumbent for his handling of Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and management of the Alamo.
Patterson is the second Republican who lost in a statewide primary to defect for the general election this year. Scott Milder, a Republican and businessman, endorsed Democrat Mike Collier in the race for lieutenant governor days after losing his party’s nomination in March.
Collier is facing off against sitting Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a powerful conservative Republican who controls much of the state Legislature’s agenda.