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by BRAD ROLLINS
Managing Editor

In a public split during last spring’s legislative session, State Rep. Patrick M. Rose, a Dripping Springs Democrat whose district includes San Marcos, withdrew his support from House Speaker Tom Craddick, a Midland Republican. The parting came as a dramatic coup attempt against the speaker was unfolding in the session’s last days.

Now Craddick, the shrewd West Texas scrapper, is plotting to keep the speaker’s gavel when the 2009 session starts. He also presumably wouldn’t mind delivering a little comeuppance to Rose, who ceremoniously seconded Craddick’s nomination at the beginning of the session and joined his detractors by the end. Craddick is widely believed to have been involved in a poll of Rose’s district last fall that measured the representative’s strength against hypothetical Republican challengers including San Marcos auto dealership owner Chuck Nash and former Hays school district board president Christie Pogue.

As it turns out, Rose did not draw a challenger within his own party nor a marque Republican foe. He does face an as-yet little known opponent in Wimberley Republican Matt B. Young in November’s general election. The latest round of campaign finance disclosures show Rose is holding his own in the fund raising race even relative to the speaker, a position traditionally at least as powerful as the governor and a symbol of old-school establishment connections. Rose collected $557,203 to Craddick’s $819,914.

The top ten fund raising state representatives or candidates according to their Texas Ethics Commission filings:

  1. Tom Craddick (R)
    $819,914
  2. Patrick Rose (D)
    $557,203
  3. Phil King (R)
    $286,561
  4. Angie Button (R)
    $273,142
  5. Kino Flores (D)
    $252,723
  6. Jonathon Sibley (R)
    $235,022
  7. Tom Annunziato (R)
    $178,265
  8. Dan Branch (R)
    $173,135
  9. Charlie Geren (R)
    $160,616
  10. Kelly Hancock (R)
    $151,734
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2 thoughts on “Rose second only to House speaker in amassing campaign war chest in first test since falling-out

  1. Meanwhile, Patrick Rose is the “spectre of bad news” for the majority of his constituents. Rose has learned the art of politics by his handsome personna and his calm and patronizing demeanor.

    But BEWARE!!!

    Rose is a slick operator who supports everything that Gov. “39-percent” Perry and Speaker Craddick want.

    Although professing to be a staunch Democrat, Rose is quite the opposite. He is a Republican in Democratic “drag”. His voting history highlights this fact.

    Despite the huge campaign “war-chest” reported here and in other periodicals, Rose remains (as may have been stated by playwright Henrik Ibsen) “An Enemy of the People”!!!

    Voters would be very smart to vote-out Rose in favor of a REAL candidate who cares about the community and the majority of residents — NOT just for his special interests.

  2. There really should be a cap on donations from out of state, which represent the lion’s share of Rose’s war chest. They represent special interests and are hard to investigate. Maybe in ’09 we can do something about this.

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