Reports: Thuggish Dan Patrick Supporters Confront Texas Reporters

by Dan Quinn

So are we now seeing the new face of Texas following the right-wing sweep on election day last Tuesday?

According to various media outlets, a television reporter says he was assaulted as he tried to cover the election night victory party for state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, last Tuesday. Patrick’s right-wing supporters were celebrating an election that will make Patrick — who even the Dallas Morning News has characterized as “potentially explosive,” “reckless” and “untrustworthy” — the Lone Star State’s next lieutenant governor.

As Talking Points Memo reports, a Patrick supporter apparently was upset that the reporter was on the air while someone prayed from the stage:

Foti Kallergis, a reporter from television station KTRK, and his colleague, Deborah Wrigley, were covering the election results when somebody apparently confronted them for going on air during the prayer.

In video posted on Monday by Mediaite Kallergis could be seen on camera just before the altercation took place, but the broadcast cut away from the live shot to other footage before the commotion began. In the video, Kallergis could be heard trying to continue to read his report while a man’s voice began to speak over him. Kallergis eventually went silent.

The reporter later tweeted that he had been “assaulted.”

Later on, apparently, another Patrick supporter confronted one of Kallergis’s colleagues:

In addition, Isiah Carey, a reporter from television station KRIV, posted a photo to Instagram, alongside a description of the incident. Carey described it as “a physical assault.”

“Deborah Wrigley from channel 13 had to step in and stop the Republican supporter (tan jacket) from attacking her fellow reporter (black suit) on the air,” Carey said. “Wrigley says then another woman from the event approached her and called her a fucking bitch.”

Appalling and more than a little chilling.

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