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Dewhurst's opponents take to social media after Allen PD call

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Audio of Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst repeatedly dropping his title while trying to get a family member out of jail has ignited social media.

"I want to talk to the most senior police officer you have where you are right now. My name is David Dewhurst. I am the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Texas," says Dewhurst during the call.

In a 12-minute phone conversation with the Allen Police Department, Dewhurst makes it clear who they're talking to.

"I'm going to have Steve McCraw, who is the director... the head of the DPS for the State of Texas, call you by name in about 10 minutes and confirm that I'm calling you," says Dewhurst in the phone recording.

His political opponents are speaking out about his actions. On Twitter, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who is running for Dewhurst's seat, tweeted that the lieutenant governor sounds like Anchorman character Ron Burgundy. Staples tweeted a photo of Dewhurst that reads, "I'm kind of a big deal. People know me."


"It was me talking to my staff that came up with that [tweet] and hearing the audio because it was disappointing, and I think it's why people are frustrated with politics," says Staples.

Dan Patrick, a senator vying for Dewhurst's seat posted a statement on his website calling Dewhurst's phone call a "blatant abuse of power."

However, Dewhurst's spokesman Travis Considine says Dewhurst "acted as a concerned family member."

"Do you have the telephone number or the cell phone numbers of the county judge there so I can call either he or she and talk... what do I need to do in order to not circumvent anything, follow the law... but, but..this is... this is ridiculous," says Dewhurst in the recording.

Ridiculous is what people on both sides of the argument are calling the entire situation.

"When you listen to the audio, it's clear that it's this type of behavior that creates a distrust for government in general," says Staples.

According to police, Dewhurst's family member was arrested for stealing about $50 in groceries from Kroger. Police say she did spend the night in jail. The Allen Police Department says Dewhurst did not act any differently than the average person who is trying to get their family member out of jail.

You can listen to the entire phone call here.

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