State Representative Patrick Rose said he is done with politics and moving on after his electoral defeat Tuesday night. Photos by Andy Sevilla.
By ANDY SEVILLA
State Representative Patrick Rose (D-San Marcos) said Tuesday night that he is looking forward to life outside of politics, while the man who defeated him, Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) said he is looking forward to life within politics.
Rose, 31, said as the final votes were being counted Tuesday that he is leaving public life for good after losing a bid for his fifth straight term in the Texas House of Representatives. Isaac knocked Rose out of the race in early voting and ended up with 53.9 percent of the vote (27,702 votes) across the three-county District 45, which includes Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties.
Within Hays County, the numbers were about the same. Isaac won 53.45 percent of the vote, claiming 20,915 votes.
Rose said he has practiced law outside of the legislature, but now will explore other opportunities in the business world.
“I certainly didn’t want to (end public service) at this juncture, but I wasn’t certain moving forward (when that end would be),” Rose said about his decision to end his political career. “That’s something you have to evaluate day by day, year by year. I certainly had hoped that I would have had the opportunity to give more back, through partnership with Texas State University, and this great community right here, and the whole district.”
In its analysis of Tuesday’s “50-year flood” that swept Democrats out of office across Texas, the Austin American-Statesman called Rose’s loss the “derailment of one of the most promising political careers in Texas.”
Rose was first elected in 2002, just out of Princeton and 23 years old when he stepped into a local Democratic Party that was reeling from a 1998 GOP sweep and made up 20 points in the last three weeks to claim the District 45 seat from Rick Green (R-Dripping Springs). Rose subsequently won re-election campaigns in 2004, 2006, and 2008. He said he will remain active in the community.
“There are a lot of different ways one can serve,” Rose said. “It’s been an honor to serve my hometown, and this county, and our district over that last eight years, but I’m looking forward to life in the business world and different opportunities to give back civically … I always have thought about what would happen in my life when politics ends, and I’m excited about what this new chapter holds.”
Isaac, too, said he is excited about his new chapter, relieved that the campaign is over and ready to get to work.
“I really feel like I’m going to hit the ground running,” Isaac said. “We have got to make some tough decisions … I really feel like I’m going to hit the ground running day one, so that we can cut spending. And, gosh, I’d love to be able to provide some tax relief to businesses and homeowners so we can get this economy rolling again.”
The race for District 45 was highly negative and riddled with political attacks on the airwaves. Rose and Isaac both said that’s in the past and both are looking forward.
“I’ve called Representative-Elect Isaac and had a good conversation with him,” Rose said. “I told him that I look forward to standing with him as a partner as he enters this new and exciting chapter. I’m very proud of the work our office has done on behalf of Texas State University, I’m proud of the work we’ve done to create and to grow and to mold the Texas Cancer Institute … The important thing that all of us need to remember is that there’s much more that we share in common than separates us. These three (Hays, Blanco, and Caldwell) counties would like Texas State to succeed and jobs to grow and roads to be improved and water sources to be secured. As we work together to do that, we all need to work together with our new state representative in this new chapter for our district.”
Isaac said that despite the attacks, both men have “a great deal of respect for each other.”
Said Isaac, “I told (Rose) I admired him for his service … I really believe that he will continue to serve his community. He’s been very gracious through this, and I know it got negative on TV, but I think he and I have always been pretty positive with each other, and it just rolls off. So, it wasn’t anything personal. Me, personally, I was having fun. It was just a fun campaign, and I really enjoyed it.”
Rose said he’s proud of his campaign and his capitol staff. He said he couldn’t have done a thing differently, and that “this just wasn’t meant to be.”
Said Rose, “I would be honored to be able to continue serving (District 45), but they made their choice, and now we all need to work together and stand behind that choice.”
Jason Isaac defeated Patrick Rose Tuesday to become the new District 45 state representative for Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties.Email | Print