Sen. Dan Patrick -- the Houston Republican who earlier announced the founding of the Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas to reach out to Tea Party activists and independents -- now says he's joining with other lawmakers to create the Tea Party Caucus.
"The Tea Party has played an important role this year and I want to be sure their voices are heard in Austin long after next Tuesday," Patrick said in a press release. "The power of the Tea Party beyond election day is to hold those elected accountable for a conservative voting agenda."
Patrick's office in its release said the Tea Party caucus will meet with leaders of that movement and build support for "important conservative legislation" in the coming session.
It said continued membership in the caucus will be based on whether lawmakers support key Tea Party issues, sign the Texas Conservative Coalition Pledge and keep "a conservative voting record that is in line with the coalition's annual report card."
Patrick said several lawmakers already have agreed to serve on the caucus board and he'll invite others to join the caucus over the next two months.
Patrick's obsequiousness is so obvious that even Big Fat Dumbass Jolly can see through it. Via Neil, who is once again much more polite than me.