The race for Texas' Land Commissioner job is heating up this week as the incumbent is firing back at one of his top rivals.
Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas' incumbent Land Commissioner, released an ad this week targeting former Land Commissioner and Bush rival Jerry Patterson. In the ad, Bush attacks Patterson, stating that the ex-commissioner and one-time candidate for lieutenant governor, called President Donald Trump's voters "idiots." In the commercial, Bush goes on to state that he is personally proud of the results achieved by the Trump Administration.
Patterson served as Land Commissioner from 2003 until 2015. After stepping away to challenge Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in 2014, Patterson cleared the field for Bush, son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who then triumphed over his sole Republican opponent, David Watts. Bush eventually won in the November election, easily defeating his Democratic opponent.
This year, a large field has lined up to square off with the incumbent. Former commissioner Patterson is challenging Bush in the Republican primary, along with professional land surveyor Dr. Davey Edwards and Alamo enthusiast Rick Range. Tex Morgan and attorney Miguel Suazo are running in the Democratic primary.
Voters will decide the Republican primary race on March 6th.