POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — Predicting a Republican runoff between himself and the incumbent, East Texan Todd Staples said on a Longview campaign stop Tuesday that the lieutenant governor’s desk is as high as he wants to climb on the state’s political ladder.
“No,” he said when asked if he wants a higher office. “I’m running for lieutenant governor because I know what a lieutenant governor is supposed to do. They are supposed to focus on the fundamentals and get things done.”
Staples leads the Texas Department of Agriculture as its commissioner.
The Palestine native is in a four-man race for the GOP nomination for the post that guides the Texas Senate. Incumbent David Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Sen. Dan Patrick seek the March 4 nod from Republican voters. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte is alone on the Democratic ballot.
The lieutenant governor assigns the upper chamber’s 31 members to committees and presides over the movement of bills through the Senate.
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