Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sayonara, Greg Abbott's credibility....

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
1 Corinthians 15:33


To understand the full significance of this move, consider recent history.

Greg Abbott, July 17th 2017:
Gov. Greg Abbott said that he would publicly call out lawmakers who didn’t support his 20-item legislative agenda while Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick came out swinging against House leadership during Monday appearances on the eve of Texas' special legislative session.

Abbott said he would aggressively hold lawmakers accountable for their positions on his legislative agenda and encouraged others to do the same.

“I’m going to be establishing a list,” he said in remarks before the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank. “We all need to establish lists that we publish on a daily basis to call people out — who is for this, who is against this, who has not taken a position yet. No one gets to hide.”
Drew Darby, two days later:
  • Darby, in response to question from this author: "I'm opposed to any lowering of the rollback rate" on property taxes.
  • Darby compares Abbott holding legislators accountable to parents threatening children during Christmas.
Then, of course, there's the fact that Darby was a key player in killing property tax reform during the regular session.

Bottom Line: With Abbott's previous endorsements, even if we didn't agree, there was a case to be made from his perspective.  That case doesn't exist for Drew Darby.  Drew Darby was a key player in killing Greg Abbott's agenda and any legislature where Drew Darby returns will do the same.

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