POSTED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 5:27pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 1:12pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Texas senator Dan Patrick endorsed Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for U.S. senate, causing controversy among Tea Party members.
Patrick is the founder and leader of the Texas Tea Party Caucus in the senate--- a group that has collectively endorsed Ted Cruz.
The Texas Legislatures' Tea Party Caucus released a statement saying that senator Patrick's views do not represent those of the committee.
Friday in Tyler, at the Cornerstone Church Assembly, Grassroots America We The People held a rally for Cruz.
KETK caught up with the organization's executive director to get her thoughts on the issue.
"I said Dan if you come out for Dewhurst then we're gonna have to match you, and we'll be very direct and very ferocious about it because we feel very strongly that we need to send a constitutional conservative, said Grassroots America executive director JoAnn Fleming.
Rally organizers tell KETK Ted Cruz has a long list of conservatives backing his campaign, and they do not believe Patrick's endorsement will hurt him in the long run.