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A freshman member of the Texas House Freedom Caucus wants Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick out of office.

According to the Brazosport Facts, Cody Vasut (R–Angleton) made the comments at a luncheon of the Lake Jackson Business Association on Wednesday. Vasut is the only freshman to be a member of the Freedom Caucus.

“I do not support Dan Patrick for re-election. I think he needs to go,” Vasut is reported to have told the audience. Vasut said there needs to be someone “productive” in that position, which he defined as willing to push the Senate to pass more House-generated bills.

As lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick serves as president of the Texas Senate. (Patrick announced his re-election campaign as lieutenant governor on Thursday.)

”Let me tell you this — your Texas House passed 75 percent of the Senate bills that came over, and your Texas Senate passed less than half of the House bills that came over,” claimed Vasut.

Patrick’s communications advisor, Sherry Sylvester, disputed Vasut’s legislative math.

“The Texas House sent 1261 bills to the Texas Senate – nearly half of those did not arrive until the last ten days of the session when there was time for them to be heard in Committee.  A third of them – 452 – did not have a Senate sponsor. Of the 809 bills that had sponsors, the Senate passed 608, or 75%. The Senate sent 672 bills to the House — everyone of them had a House sponsor.  The House passed 503 of those bills,  or 74%,” said Sylvester in a statement to Texas Scorecard.

Vasut’s tirade against Patrick and the Senate came after he was asked about the House’s failure to pass Senate Bill 7, the marquee election integrity bill. Despite House Speaker Dade Phelan allowing the Democrats to break quorum and

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