Texas land commissioner favors booting California
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is hoping his penchant for packing heat can bolster him in the four-way Republican primary for his state’s lieutenant governor seat.
He’s also trying to prove he’s more conservative than the incumbent, even suggesting that the country would be better off if four states – including California – were kicked out of the union.
“I’m in favor of expulsion,” he said. “New York, California, and there’s some good people in New York and California, but their legislatures aren’t representing them.”
Patterson says he’s the only candidate who can protect traditional Texas values.
Then he went further, suggesting booting California, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut from the United States.
“I get lots of questions all the time, ‘Well, we should secede.’ I say, No, I’ve got a better idea. Instead of secession, I’m a proponent of expulsion,” he said.
Patterson eventually conceded: “This is a little tongue in cheek.”
“But nonetheless,” he added, “just think about how different our country would be if New York and California weren’t the tail wagging the dog. And those other states? It’s not America.”
The Associated Press