Cruz, Patrick attend local fundraiser amid protests

Senator Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick were greeted by dozens of protesters before a GOP fundraiser in Liberty County on Saturday.

CLEVELAND, Texas - Senator Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick were greeted by dozens of protesters before a GOP fundraiser in Liberty County on Saturday.

The Republican Leaders were speakers at the Reagan Dinner benefiting the San Jacinto County Republican Party.

Cruz discussed his priorities for this legislative session during the event.

“Supreme Court, Obamacare, tax reform, and regulatory reform – if we do all four of those in 2017, it will be a blockbuster year,” said Cruz.

He also addressed President Trump’s decision to launch a missile strike on Syrian forces.

“It would be catastrophic if the administration engaged in military action that allowed chemical weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists, Al Qaida terrorists, Al Nusra terrorists. We need to make sure our security interests are defining whatever conduct we do there,” said Cruz.

Protesters outside the event called out Senator Cruz and Lt. Gov. Patrick on a number of issues, including attending town halls.

“We are here to show that we want them to show up for a town hall. They have been ignoring their constituents,” said Trish Robinson, a protester from Dayton.

“The bathroom bill is silly. It’s a waste of money. They’re making an issue out of something that isn’t an issue,” said Laura Bowman. “They waste time and money on the bathroom bill when they should be improving our education.”

The issue is one Patrick has been championing for months.

“Women deserve their privacy and dignity in the bathroom and public safety. It’s never been about discrimination. We’re not worried about transgender people in the bathroom. That’s a very, very tiny piece of the population. We’re worried about sexual predators,” said Patrick.

The Texas House passed the state budget this week without voting on the controversial bathroom bill.

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