Dan Patrick says he’s not leaving Texas
Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick once again shot down rumors that he is considering joining President Donald Trump’s administration in the Department of Homeland Security or in another agency.
“I’m not going to Washington,” Patrick said in a radio interview with a Lubbock talk show host on Thursday morning. “I’m staying here.”
Patrick spent hours with Trump on Wednesday as they traveled from San Antonio to Houston and help Trump make his case for border security legislation — the signature issue of the Trump Administration.
Over the weekend, Trump forced out Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. That came just days after Trump withdrew the nomination of acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ron Vitiello and told reporters he wanted to go in a “tougher direction.”
With Patrick talking tough about the border on Wednesday with Trump by his side rumors that Patrick could be in the mix for one of those positions started buzzing again.
But Patrick shot that down bluntly on Thursday.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Patrick told radio host Chad Hasty on KFYO News Talk Radio. “He needs me here.”
Patrick said he will run for lieutenant governor again in 2022.
It’s the second time this year he’s shot down rumors he might be in the mix for an appointment with the Trump administration. At the start of the legislative session in January, he skipped the first day to be at the White House to help the President prepare for a national television address on immigration.