Monday, February 10, 2014

Texas GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Calls South Texas "Third-World Country"

GOP's Greg Abbott
If one wants to see what passes as outreach to minorities look no farther than Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott who has called the Rio Grande Valley a "third world country."  Why?  Because of its high Hispanic population, of course.  That someone like Abbott can even be running for governor makes one long for the future when Texas's urban areas can completely out vote the rural regions as is happening slowly but steadily in Virginia.  The Raw Story looks at Abbott's batshitery. Here are highlights:
When Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott compared the Rio Grande Valley to a “third-world country” earlier this week, progressives and the Latino community in south Texas hit the roof.

Democratic opponent State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) called on Abbott “to apologize for his offensive and erroneous comment that problems facing South Texas resemble ‘third-world country practices that erode the social fabric of our communities and destroys Texans’ trust in government’” in a letter published in the south Texas publication The Monitor.

“While I agree we should ensure that law enforcement has the necessary resources throughout our state, it’s unfortunate that oftentimes the conversation around our border communities focuses solely on enforcement,” she wrote, taking issue with Abbott’s “divisive rhetoric” and calling for “leadership that is grounded in facts and is ready to open up new opportunities with trade and commerce which currently support hundreds of thousands of jobs in Texas.”

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