Senate blowup threatens lt. gov.'s future

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The chaotic scene that erupted over an abortion restrictions bill in the Texas Senate this week has cast doubt over the political future of Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Once considered destined for higher office, Dewhurst is now fending off political rivals from his own party. Many blame him for the Democratic filibuster and outburst from activists in the Senate chamber gallery that allowed Democrats to a least temporarily kill a bill he said was a top priority.

Now Dewhurst is applying damage control as the lawmakers get set to convene another special session next week. Dewhurst says he didn't lose control of the chamber, blaming one of the wildest Capitol scenes in recent memory on an "unruly mob."

Dewhurst says he's running for re-election in 2014.

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