Texas Newspapers Unite Behind David Dewhurst

Even before the May primary, David Dewhurst enjoyed strong support from Texans across the state. But in the past few weeks, major newspapers throughout Texas have stated or even reaffirmed their support for the Lieutenant Governor.

These influential newspapers have described David Dewhurst as a “successful businessman,” “accomplished,” and “effective and conservative.” And with his record of conservative victories, could anyone blame them?

Here is a sample of what these influential newspapers have said about David Dewhurst.

Houston Chronicle, July 13, 2012:

Our endorsement of Dewhurst can be divided into two parts: a belief in his superior experience and qualifications in both the political and private arenas; and a real concern about Ted Cruz’s seeming lack of interest in compromise and, it would seem, the best interests of Texas.

Dewhurst is not a natural politician. But over time as lieutenant governor he has shown that he understands the importance of working with others, in this case 31 state senators with different agendas and sizable egos.

He’s done that work doggedly, putting in long hours to make the Texas Senate function in a collegial, businesslike manner. This experience would serve him – and the 23 million Texans our next senator will represent – well in the U.S. Senate.

Dewhurst would bring particularly needed skills in budgeting to Washington, both from his days in Austin and as a very successful businessman in the energy sector. Budgets and energy are two priorities for the nation.

Texas doesn’t need an obstructionist in the Senate. It needs a constructive voice. The clear choice is David Dewhurst.

Dallas Morning News, July 18, 2012:

Cruz’s problem is that beyond his tea party talking points, he’s stuck for solutions to larger problems. His my-way-or-the-highway certainty, clearly attractive to some Texas Republicans, would prove a poor substitute for actual governance. He speaks and sounds like the lawyer he is, which is not a criticism. What he doesn’t sound like is someone who can rally other senators to his side. That is a criticism.

The obvious difference is Cruz is commenting on what happens in the arena, the hard work and tough negotiating among divergent perspectives. Dewhurst is a veteran of that arena, with a decade as lieutenant governor, in charge of an often-fractious Texas Senate. Doing this job required him to build coalitions that, yes, included Democrats. It forced him to find partnerships on issues from health care to water planning to the always nettlesome state budgeting process.

It’s one thing to talk about it. It’s quite another to have proved one can do it.

Cruz would passionately represent those Texans who support him, a noisy segment of the majority. Dewhurst would be a U.S. senator for a broader, wider swath of Texans and prove far more effective for his state and his nation.

San Antonio Express-News, July 18, 2012:

After being elected lieutenant governor in 2002, Dewhurst used the tough 2003 legislative session to demonstrate his ability to dig deep beneath the surface on a variety of issues and find creative approaches to trimming the state budget while protecting services as much as possible.

While many public officials lean heavily on staff to handle the details, Dewhurst actually does his homework and masters complex issues.

With Dewhurst at the helm of the Texas Senate, lawmakers passed five state budgets without a tax increase.

Both GOP Senate candidates are solidly conservative, but Dewhurst has a track record of effectively working in the legislative process to translate goals into accomplishments.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 22, 2012:

In the crowded field to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, David Dewhurst has a long record of effective and conservative leadership in public office, most recently in his current role as lieutenant governor. Mr. Dewhurst stands out as one who can represent Texas well in the role of U.S. Senator, has the legislative experience and consensus-building skill set necessary to be a factor in the more formal body of Congress and exhibits a clear knowledge of the needs and expectations of Texas voters. He also has a history of understanding and being supportive of the interests of the South Plains, Lubbock and Texas Tech.

While some find Mr. Dewhurst’s record as one of principle-bending compromise, we do not. There is a difference between the capitulation of principle those at the extremes of both parties demand of their opponents and compromises that accommodate differing principles while still yielding good policy. We see both Mr. Dewhurst and Mr. Cruz as men of near-identical conservative principles who will not capitulate, but Mr. Dewhurst’s record makes clear he knows how to build consensus without compromising principle — and that’s a skill sorely lacking in Congress today.

David Dewhurst has a record of social and fiscal conservatism, and indeed, the ability to get things done — instead of claiming he’ll merely be an obstructionist — is an attribute Texans should demand of their next U.S. Senator.

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