‘Vouchers are for vultures,’ Collier says in speech to Texas Democratic Convention
“Dan Patrick wants you to hate your fellow Texan. Dan Patrick wants you to have your back to your neighbor instead of your back. Dan Patrick says what’s wrong with Texas is you. No, sir, there’s nothing wrong in Texas that we can’t fix in November.
In his speech at the convention on July 15, Collier accused Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of corruption over Texas’ energy system, failing to protect schools by passing gun control legislation, and allowing property taxes to rise in because of corporate tax loopholes. Collier also criticized Patrick for passing “the most restrictive abortion laws in the country” and claimed he would “codify Roe vs. Wadeif he is elected lieutenant-governor.
Collier also had harsh words for those who support school vouchers, which he posted in a video to his Twitter account.
“If Dan Patrick gets another term, he’s already told us he’s coming after your school and he’s coming after your teacher,” Collier said.
“He wants to privatize and take advantage of our public schools. As Lieutenant Governor, I will lead the Legislature to amend our constitution to ban private school vouchers forever. You know why? Because vouchers are for vultures.
Corey DeAngelis, national director of research at the American Federation for Children, an advocate for school choice, condemned Collier’s words in a statement to The Texan.
“Imagine calling low-income families with kids stuck in failing public schools ‘vultures,'” DeAngelis said. “The vultures are the ones fighting to trap children in failing public schools.”
“Parents are the new special interest group in town and they won’t be leaving anytime soon. 77% of Texas parents support student funding over systems. Politicians of all parties would be wise to listen to parents.
As Collier noted in his speech, the lieutenant governor is one of the most powerful lawmakers in the state. In January 2021, Patrick led the Texas Senate to reduce the supermajority needed for officials to introduce bills from three-fifths to five-ninths, allowing Republicans, who had lost a seat in a special election, to retain control of the chamber.
Collar raised $3 million starting this month for his campaign. He will face Patrick in the November general election.