The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): State Sen. Dan Patrick, with a commanding lead over incumbent David Dewhurst going into the May 27 runoff for the GOP lieutenant governor nomination, pulled out of a Houston debate because organizers planned to make it off-limits to the press. Was it the right move, or was Patrick “showboating” as he has been accused in the past?
If it’s off limits to the press, who sees it? Thus, it’s pointless. Ron Glover
The point of a debate in politics is to let people know where you stand, as well as point out the record of your opponent. No press would have only helped Dewhurst, smart move on Patrick’s part. Jeff Dunlop
Yes, and yes. He got ink anyway, didn’t he? And he didn’t risk opening his mouth in a debate and delivering something damning and useful to the opposition. Good handlers, I’d say. Claudia Wormley Wilson
He might be remembering how Nixon was ahead in the polls until he debated Kennedy in a debate that many say cost Nixon the election. Ironically, it was not just the substance of the debate that doomed Nixon but his appearance, because he seemed to be tired. Warren Patrick
Right move, although it is telling that he agreed to it in the first place, and withdrew only after a lot of bad press. I’m sure we will now see lots of stories about how Patrick’s campaign team isn’t ready for the big time. Katie Sherrod
The more vote splitting for those two the better. I’ve got my candidate and she is a she! Ginger Miles
I’m having what Ginger is having. The more the better. I would like two “shes” at the head of our state. Tony