Radio Hosts Becoming Winning Politicians

Dan Patrick, a conservative talk radio show host and leader of the Texas state Senate’s Tea Party caucus is on track to becoming the next Texas Lieutenant Governor, the most constitutionally powerful lieutenant governor’s posts in the country.

Ronald Reagan as a radio announcer. (Archives.gov)

Ronald Reagan as a radio announcer. (Archives.gov)

Other popular talk hosts have transitioned into politics.

President Ronald Reagan’s first love was radio. As a young man he called sporting events on the radio. In later years, he gave conservative commentary on the radio. He also is in a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Others who went from the broadcast booth to the ballot include current Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and one time candidate for New York mayor Barry Farber.

From the Dallas Morning News:

State Sen. Dan Patrick has trounced incumbent David Dewhurst to win the Republican nomination — and thus become the strong favorite — to be Texas’ next lieutenant governor. …

Patrick, a radio talk-show host and businessman, negated Dewhurst’s usual money advantage. Patrick spent more than $9 million, only about $1.6 million of it his own money. That forced Dewhurst, despite the loyalties of business and trade groups cemented during his three terms as lieutenant governor, to dip into his own pocket for more than $5 million of the more than $12 million he spent.

To learn more about talkers who gained political office read The Right Frequency.

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