Friday’s kick-off event occured 4 years to the next day Abbott first put his hat within the ring — just over the highway in the train depot at La Villita — in 2013. Abbott noted earlier Friday he again chose his wife’s hometown of Dallas — and where she got married — to inquire about voters for an additional 4 years at work.
Though firebrand Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has steadfastly denied any curiosity about a race against Abbott, talk of the sudden reversal or last-minute unfaithfulness is becoming something of the parlor game among Austin insiders and lobbyists.
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Former Democratic condition Repetition. Allen Vaught of Dallas is searching hard in a statewide run — although not for governor. Rather, he’s considering running for lieutenant governor, although the Democrats curently have a significant if little-known contender in Houston businessman Mike Collier running for your place. He stated Patrick is really a softer target than Abbott.
Fischer did construct a potential attack line: he stated Abbott was “exposed” around the economy, noting that within the land from the “Texas Miracle” the state’s unemployment rates are now over the national average and Texas is sliding within the rankings as a good option to work.