Oh, come on… this is easy…

Greg Abbott, after spending much of this past month campaigning with a child rapist, was in Lubbock for a campaign event designed to show off how much support he has in the Latino community. Some members of the Latino community in Lubbock were less than pleased with his half hearted effort, especially Lubbock City Councilmember Victor Hernandez

When the subject of Cecilia Abbott came up at a press conference the Democrats held at the same restaurant on Wednesday, Hernandez said he did not “want to say a whole lot about his wife, because this really isn’t about his wife. It’s about her husband,” according to the Fox story.

He also called on the attorney general to “go beyond the props of a background of a Mexican restaurant, and actually come to our community.”

Hernandez additionally referred to Abbott’s campaign swing as ‘pinata politics’ which is a pretty sweet way of saying Abbott’s interest in the Latino community is merely for show, which makes complete sense. Note that in this there’s no mention of the fact that Abbott’s wife is Latina. That part doesn’t come up until here…

After the appearance, Abbott said from his Twitter account, “Ha! Democrats frustrated about my #Latina wife & growing connection (between) Hispanics & Republicans.” He linked to the Fox story that quoted Hernandez.

In a subsequent tweet on Friday, Abbott expressed outrage that Hernandez had allegedly referred to his wife as a “prop.”

“It’s deeply offensive that a Democrat elected official called my Latina wife of 32 years a ‘prop,’” Abbott wrote. He linked to a blog post written by former Republican Party spokesman Bryan Preston. In the post, Preston wrote that a “source tells me that Hernandez callously dismissed her as a ‘prop.’”

You see, Abbott DOES need Latino votes to win and contrary to his Pollyanna-ish tweet, he’s actually driving them away from his campaign, not toward it. He’s also had a pretty brutal last two weeks as people caught on to the fact that he likes to pal around with a child molester. Needless to say, he needed something to distract attention and, miraculously, a former Republican Party spokesman with a blog magically appears with a questionable quote designed to create a manufactured crisis.

Yeah, it’s made up in an effort to deflect from the fact that the only Latina who likes Greg Abbott is his wife. I wonder how she must feel about her husband being besties with a guy who likes to rape little girls…

bnugent and abbott

And, in honor of Ted Nugent’s faaaaavorite pass time, here’s the immortal Maurice Chevalier…

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Dear Brigid Shea

I’m going to be honest here for a second… I like you despite the fact that, honestly, you run shitty races and spend way too much money on them. I didn’t vote for you and I’m encouraging everyone I know in Precinct Two (the best!) to vote for Garry Brown, mostly because you don’t seem to get what this job is. It’s not that your ideas aren’t great, it’s that the Commissioners Court is the place where, frankly, you can do fuckall about them. I think you could better serve on the city council and don’t really get why you want to be a county commissioner but hey, I can understand that it looked like a good gig.

Anyway, just wanted to drop you a note about your mail blasts… they’re too frequent. Is anyone actually opening them any more? And brunch with Release The McCracken sounds less like a fun thing and more like a punishment. Maybe spend a few hours today rethinking incentives?

Gotta run… best of luck in everything but this race!

-McB

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Obama proposes $302 billion transportation bill

Obama proposes $302 billion transportation bill.

Fantastic idea… if only we’d done it in 2009 WHEN I AND EVERYONE ELSE WITH A BRAIN WAS SAYING IT NEEDED TO BE FUCKING DONE.

This needs to be ten years at this same amount, every year. The economy will expand dramatically and deficits will start to turn to surpluses in year three or four. So, DO IT, Mr. President.

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Behind the Curtain With Wendy Davis | Texas Monthly

Infighting among the people running Wendy Davis’s campaign? Who’d have guessed?

Behind the Curtain With Wendy Davis | Texas Monthly.

Seriously, y’all, get your shit together and stop with the touchyfeely personal story bullshit. Politics IS clash… anyone who thinks differently is a fucking idiot. You win in Texas by being a bigger, smarter, meaner sonuvabitch than the other sonuvabitch.

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Abbott Flees! UPDATED

From Quorum Report this AM comes news that CNN tried to confront Greg Abbott about Ted Nugent. Apparently, a staffer blocked the reporter and Abbott fled the scene.

If anyone has art on this, I would LOVE to see it!

UPDATE 11am

Here’s the CNN article with footage of Abbott going to hide!

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Austin is nation’s fastest growing city for 4th straight year, Forbes says | Austin News & Weather | Austin Texas, Round Rock, TX | kxan.com

OMG… QUIT moving here! Oh, and by the way team at KXAN… Forbes is not a real news source. Forbes is what poor people think rich people read.

Austin is nation’s fastest growing city for 4th straight year, Forbes says | Austin News & Weather | Austin Texas, Round Rock, TX | kxan.com.

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Rush Limbaugh’s reaction to Michael Sam coming out: Heterosexuals are “under assault” – Salon.com

Is Rush Limbaugh back on his hillbilly heroin?

Rush Limbaugh’s reaction to Michael Sam coming out: Heterosexuals are “under assault” – Salon.com.

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The Brief: Abbott Pushes Back on “Third World” Criticism | The Texas Tribune

"I will not adopt a head-in-the-sand approach to dealing with public corruption."

via The Brief: Abbott Pushes Back on "Third World" Criticism | The Texas Tribune.

General Abbott, during your 12 years in office, where are all your official corruption prosecutions? Where are all those people at CPRIT you’ve prosecuted? Or the Enterprise Fund? Or TCEQ? Or the RRC?

General, you’ve tolerated official corruption so conspicuously for so long that there is no way anyone can view your comments as anything other than racist.

EVERY citizen from Brownsville to El Paso knew exactly what you meant, General. And they’ll remember in November.

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Roundin’ up the TPA

The Texas Progressive Alliance still has a dozen or so Republican responses to the SOTU it needs to get through as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff takes a look at campaign finance reports for Harris County legislative and countywide candidates.

Horwitz at Texpatriate laments the loss of Algebra II as a High school graduation requirement.

In light of some of the more ridiculous back-and-forth between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott and their campaigns — not to mention James O’Keefe and his clandestine, altered video — PDiddie at Brains and Eggs asks: “Is it insensitive to say that Abbott is ‘running’ for governor?”

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to scream in horror over the Republican war on women. All Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor are FOR keeping a brain dead woman with a severely abnormal fetus on life support against her family’s wishes.

This week, McBlogger has some advice for the Davis Campaign, the press and all the Democratic activists who are eager for a win this year.

Neil at All People Have Value wrote about the slate of Green Party candidates running in Texas in 2014. All People Have Value is part of NeilAquino.com.

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And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Nonsequiteuse scoffs at the notion that Texas may turn into California.

Texas Redistricting updates us on the proposed fixes to the Voting Rights Act and other election law news.

John Coby names Randy Weber the frontrunner to replace Steve Stockman as the craziest Congressman from Southeast Texas.

Texas Clean Air Matters reports on the longrunning legal battle between Texas and the EPA over clean air regulations.

The Lunch Tray alerts us to potential changes to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Randy Bear examines the reasoning behind various LGBT groups’ non-endorsement of Wendy Davis in the Democratic primary for Governor.

Greg Wythe has the data to analyze the actual impact of Texas’ voter ID law in Harris County.

BOR asks why the Texas Medical Association supports candidates who oppose their own stated positions, and gets a non-responsive answer from them.

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With Big Iron on Her Hip: Wendy Davis Favors Open Carry of Guns | James Moore

With Big Iron on Her Hip: Wendy Davis Favors Open Carry of Guns | James Moore.

Not for nothing Senator Davis, but do you know the stats on the number of peace officers who are killed by their own weapons? Do you have any idea how easy it would be for a criminal to take an open carry firearm from John or Jane Public?

Moore is right, this pisses off your base and doesn’t help you pull in open carry supporters. I don’t know who recommended this but I’d fucking LOVE to hear their rationale.

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