Patterson jokes he 'would have shot' Gilbert
AUSTIN (AP) - Texas land commissioner Jerry Patterson joked that he "would have shot" Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner Hank Gilbert over some of the tactics used in that campaign.
While introducing Republican Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples at an early voting event Monday in Austin, Patterson told Staples: "I think I would have shot him by now if I were you."
Patterson, a gun-toting Republican who is a strong gun rights advocate, later dismissed the remark as "tongue in cheek" humor the public appreciates. Patterson says he has made similar remarks in the past. Staples and Gilbert have been locked in a tough campaign.