From Dan Patrick:
My Statement on Dewhurst's Attacks.....
The last 24 hrs have been some of the toughest in this campaign. David
Dewhurst, who is trailing by a large margin in the polls going into
early voting (which begins Monday), launched one of the dirtiest attacks
anyone has launched on an opponent.
At first Dewhurst denied he had anything to do with the release of my medical records when I was treated for depression
30 years ago. He blamed former candidate Jerry Patterson for the
release of records. However, in an e-mail sent out a few hours later in
error to the media, Patterson clearly showed David was totally involved
and knew everything that was happening.
I have never hidden
the fact I struggled with depression in the 1980s, but I did keep the
details private. They were personal as all medical issues are. I
voluntarily entered a hospital in 1982 and then again in 1986 to treat
my depression. The drugs that were prescribed for me in the hospital only
made it worse. By 1987, through prayer, the love of my family and my
doctor I was finally able to defeat depression. I have not seen a doctor
or taken any medication for depression or any other mental health issue
Millions of Texans have had an episode of
depression or know of a family member who has. One reason I have talked
about this issue on the radio over the years is to let people know there
is no shame in asking for help or seeking treatment for depression. We
must remove the stigma of seeking help for mental health. In most cases
depression can be cured.
I have gone on to have a very
productive and successful life for the last 30 years. My recently
released medical exam shows I am in excellent physical and mental health
as I have been for decades.
This has also been a test of my
Christian faith. I open every speech with I'm a Christian first and
conservative second. It's now time to live my faith through actions and
not just words. There are two verses close to my heart that have kept me
Isaiah 54:15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing, whoever attacks you will surrender to you
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you
My campaign has been focused on the issues, namely cutting property
taxes and securing the border. Meanwhile Dewhurst has spent millions
attacking me and to date not one single dollar on why he should be
re-elected or on any issue. It's time to put an end to the dirty
political tricks of David Dewhurst. It's the only way he knows how to
campaign. We've seen it before.
I am the best candidate for Lt
Governor. I am ready to serve and I ask for you vote. Early Voting
begins Monday and election day is May 27th. You can get involved at http://www.danpatrick.org/