May 10, 2018
The Democratic runoff for governor is a week away, but incumbent
Republican Gov. Greg
Abbott has already declared
war on the candidate he wants to run against.
In a new website,
Greg The Guv is blasting away at Lupe Valdez for
liberal for Texas."
Forget that Valdez still has to win the May 22 runoff with
Houston entrepreneur Andrew White, in a race that both candidates
seem to believe has tightened in recent weeks, if
campaigning is any clue.
Remember that Abbott jumped
the shark several weeks ago by picking
Valdez to win the runoff, a move that quickly drew cries from
White that the guv was short-circuiting the upcoming vote.
Valdez quickly responded to Abbott's latest blast: "I'm
right for the new Texas."
Just as Abbott and Valdez aren't playing well together, even
before the governor's race for November officially begins, neither
are an array of other Texas politicians who are fighting
over DACA and getting nasty
and personal in congressional runoffs.
Aside from that, a new question has arisen in Austin:
Where's Lt. Gov. Dan
Patrick, an outgoing high-profile guy who's been missing from
the public eye in recent weeks. Call in, Dan, and let us know
Our sponsors this week: Texas Association of
Counties and Lone Star
Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, and Mike
Bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle, with
special guest Ryan
Poppe, Texas Public Radio's Capitol reporter.
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