AUSTIN – “As Lt. Governor my office established advisory boards comprised of citizens from all walks of life and business backgrounds to help advise me on public policy issues,” said Lt. Governor Patrick. “We will continue working with these boards moving forward, but we are making one change in our boards structure now.
“Several members of the grassroots advisory board have expressed a desire for greater independence,” continued Patrick.
“As such, Chair JoAnn Fleming and I have mutually agreed to dissolve the grassroots advisory board and work together as we have for the last several years on a less formal basis.”
“The Texas grassroots conservative network is recognized as the nation’s strongest,” said Fleming. “Maintaining our independence is necessary for the credibility of the growing Texas grassroots movement, and as we move into the next election cycle, we do not want our endorsements and positions to be viewed as anything other than our own independent decisions, based on conservative, limited government principles. We wish our Lt. Governor well and look forward to working with him for the good of Texas as we have in the past. We don’t need a formal committee to do that.”
Patrick concluded, “I look forward to the 85th Legislature and beyond and continuing to receive input and feedback from my friends in the grassroots. We still have much work to do.”