Thursday, March 29, 2007


For Immediate Release Contact: Jerry Patterson

“RUN FRED RUN” Texas Statewide Elected Officials Urge Fred Thompson to Enter Presidential Race

Today, two prominent Texas statewide elected officials announced their support of the growing national movement to encourage former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) to seek the Republican nomination for president.

While we agree there are several good candidates currently in the race, we believe Fred Thompson would add an exciting option for Republican primary voters.

A recent Rasmussen poll indicated that in a general election match-up, Fred Thompson leads Senator Hillary Clinton by a margin of 44% to 43%, notwithstanding the fact Thompson is not yet a candidate.

In our opinion, unlike the current front runner, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson is right on virtually all issues important to Republican primary voters.

“I believe Mayor Giuliani was an outstanding mayor, and would be a credible commander in chief in the War on Terror. However, I cannot support him in the Republican primary because of his position on the 2nd Amendment’s enumerated right to keep and bear arms”, stated Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who authored the Texas concealed handgun law while a state senator.

“I’m impressed by what I see and hear about Senator Thompson--he’s consistently pro life, pro traditional marriage, a supporter of the right to keep and bear arms, and strong on national defense,” said commissioner Victor Carrillo, a statewide elected official responsible for regulation of the oil, gas, and mining sectors in Texas.

We believe Fred Thompson should run. His ability to communicate is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan. His record as a U.S. Senator makes him a known quantity to voters, and his entry into the race will add excitement and motivate the conservative Republican base.

“We’ve won statewide primaries and general elections in Texas. We know what it takes to win in Texas. Fred Thompson has what it takes”, stated Commissioner Patterson, who has a record of winning elections in spite of being dramatically outspent by his opponents.

For these and other reasons we say: RUN FRED RUN!

Jerry Patterson Texas Land Commissioner

Victor Carrillo Texas Railroad Commissioner

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