A political bombshell drops on the Republican primary runoff race for Texas lieutenant governor, just days before the start of early voting.
Court documents show Texas Senator Dan Patrick spent time in psychiatric hospitals in the 1980’s. The Patrick campaign released a statement confirming he “sought medical attention to help him cope with exhaustion and depression nearly 30 years ago.”
The statement went on to accuse and blame Lt. Governor David Dewhurst of having a hand in leaking the story, saying the incumbent has “already hit bottom and now he has found a new low.”
But Texas Land commissioner Jerry Patterson takes responsibility for sharing the documents with the media telling our TV partner Local-2 he did it to "let voters know the truth about Patrick." Patterson also ran for the lieutenant governor’s post, but didn’t make it to the runoff.
Patrick’s medical records were part of a 1989 lawsuit against former Houston Post columnist Paul Harasim.
The Dewhurst campaign also released a statement:
"Commissioner Jerry Patterson operates completely independently of my campaign, and over my objection he chose to release information from Mr. Paul Harasim's files, which are all part of the public domain. My heart goes out to Dan Patrick and his family for what they've endured while coping with this situation. The bottom line is I have not read or reviewed any of Mr. Harasim's files from his lawsuit with Dan Patrick. Neither the campaign or I have any control whatsoever over Mr. Harism's files."
Senator Patrick continues to hold a polling lead over Dewhurst, and some political experts don't think the new information will have any impact on the final outcome of the runoff race.