Van de Putte Gets DNC Endorsement
Leticia Van de Putte, a Democrat running for the second-highest office in Texas, received an endorsement Wednesday that gives her campaign needed exposure and fund-raising opportunities.
Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and his organization, Democracy for America, endorsed Van de Putte for lieutenant governor of Texas in an e-mail to the group’s 1 million members, including more than 38,000 in Texas.
“This year we have the best opportunity in a generation to turn Texas blue,” Dean said, referring to Van de Putte and Wendy Davis, the Texas gubernatorial candidate and liberal star. “In Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, we have the right team to seize that opportunity and defeat the extreme right.”
The organization endorsed Davis immediately after she announced her candidacy in October. But the group waited six months before giving Van de Putte the nod. The organization wanted to ensure that Van de Putte’s campaign, with its much lower profile, was capable of winning in the reliably red state.