Tuesday, July 16, 2013

AG Greg Abbott is wheel-chairing for Texas Governor

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.
It 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."

FYI, 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.

It 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."
In 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 before Perry.

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.
Many 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.

While 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.

Of 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 gubernatorial ring.

Let's hope Texans make a better choice than they have during the past decade.

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