POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:07pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — Texas Lt. Governor Republican candidate Jerry Patterson made a stop in East Texas. And as things start to heat up between the candidates, we asked Patterson the latest on his accusation against one of his opponents, Dan Patrick.
"The voters need to know that Dan Patrick will be the weakest link on the Republican ticket in November," said Patterson.
Incumbent David Dewhurst faces three other Republican candidates, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Democrat Leticia Van De Putte.
Reports state Patterson hired a private investigator and found Patrick hired illegal immigrants to work as dishwashers and cooks at his Houston sports bars back in the 1980s.
"Dan Patrick hired at least four illegals, he employed at least four illegals in his restaurant and now he becomes the most prolific voice for border security," said Patterson.
On Patrick's website, he calls himself a "border champion" and leads his campaign with opposing illegal immigration and "protecting the Texas border.''
"We all support border security, we all oppose amnesty, but none of us have a history of hiring illegals to work in our business and even more so, writing letters of recommendation for amnesty for at least one of those illegals to the immigration service," said Patterson.
In a number of interviews, one of the immigrants employed by Patrick said he considered Patrick like a father to him. But, Sen. Patrick said he vaguely remembers him and said the managers were in charge of hiring at each of his sports bars. The senator also spoke out on his Facebook page calling Patterson and Staples' accusation a "false and sleazy political attack."