Greg Abbott: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
If you have occasion to meet or see Greg Abbott, it's impossible not to notice that he is in a wheelchair. In a freak accident, a tree fell on him when he was 26 years old and rendered him a paraplegic. However, this has not stopped him from ascending the ranks of Texas politics and he is, presumably, going to be our next governor. Wendy Davis's campaign is quixotic and probably more of an effort to promote her political brand: an MSNBC appearance here, a feisty showing on O'Reily there. She's not a serious candidate insofar as her chances of winning are concerned.
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Abbott's rise to power has the making of a feel good story, until one scratches below the surface. Abbott took home $10 million when he sued over the accident that left him in a wheelchair. Then, he later had the temerity to call out his political opponent in one race for being a "personal injury" attorney. With Abbott, what's good for his goose is not good for your gander: Abbott, predictably, sadly and hypocritically, is a strong supporter of tort reform.
Moreover, for better or worse, you're not getting much new policy bang for your buck with Abbott vis-a-vis Perry. As Abbott, our current Attorney General, once described his job: "I go into the office, I sue Barack Obama and I go home." Yes, he has sued the U.S. Government over Obamacare over "two dozen times" according to his campaign's website. Abbott is also proud of suing the EPA over a dozen times. He also argued a case before the Supreme Court regarding whether it was constitutionally permissible to display the Ten Commandments in the state capitol building. And he's not done suing for the Administration over Obamacare:
"We are escalating our fight," Abbott told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"You're going to see more people really for this cause because Americans . . . are incredibly frustrated by how the president keeps changing and altering the goal post and the Obamacare law.
"What we have seen time and time again is the president incapable of living within the confines of the heavy-handed law imposed on its fellow Americans and efforts to try to extricate itself from a political bad situation," Abbott said Monday.