Don't know if you've been following the start of Attorney General Greg Abbott's run for Governor.
Abbott gave Perry a few days after making the announcement that he will not seek reelection next year.
makes me ill that Abbott, who around 1986 or so became disabled in a
freak accident whereby a tree fell on him as he was out jogging, flaunts
his disability by saying stuff like "Some people say they have a spine of steel, but I really have one."
I am a 100 percent disabled veteran. Most people don't know that about
me because I don't flaunt it. It really bugs me that Abbott has no
problem using his disability to gain more votes. But I guess that's what politicians do... use whatever they think will get them more votes.
also doesn't seem to bother him that he and Perry pushed to eliminate
"frivolous lawsuits" and yet Abbott became a millionaire from exactly
such a lawsuit when he became disabled.
One of the things Greg Abbott will [try to] use to his advantage is the
fact that his wife is of Mexican origin. It will be interesting to see
how the Hispanic population of Texas views and reacts to it as the
gubernatorial campaign progresses.
All that said... I think Abbott has some good points for Governor,
it loses a lot when you hear him say things like, "My day [as AG]
consists of going to work, suing the Federal Government and going home."
fact, Abbott is supremely proud that he has sued the Federal Government
[or as he is fond of saying, "suing Obama"] 27 times, the most of any
State Attorney General in the US.
His significant pride,
rigidity and excessive aggression may not be what Texans need in their
next Governor. We've already had those characteristics for 12 years in
Rick Perry and even longer if you look at George Walker Bush's history
I believe we need a different persona in our next Governor: someone with intelligence and someone who is more grounded on issues. We surely do NOT need another extremist as Governor.
credit Perry on creating jobs and building our successful economy. Few
seem to realize that Texas is a very special place, with an economy
based on oil and high tech foundations. As history does show, the Texas
economy does well under Republican and Democrat governors. In fact,
the Texas economy has a life of its own, so to give Perry credit for it
all is, at the least, incorrect.
So far, once again the
Democrats do NOT have a significant candidate to run against Greg
Abbott; however, Tom Pauken is running as a Republican against Abbott in
the Primary. If you don't know anything about Pauken, you would do
well to review his credentials. He campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and he is a lot more grounded as a Republican than either Perry or Abbott.
he may not have the name recognition and the money on hand that Abbott
does, he may be a better candidate for the majority of Texans.
course, all the potential candidates have not yet been heard from, but I
suspect there will be a handful of GOP, Democrats, Libertarians, Green
Party and Independent candidates ready to throw their hats into the
Let's hope Texans make a better choice than they have during the past decade.