Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott will visit his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas Saturday at 12:30 p.m., according to his campaign office. Abbott will become the first native of Wichita Falls to be elected governor if he wins the election. Early voting is now occurring across the Lone Star State. Those who don’t vote early will have their last opportunity to vote on Nov. 4 which is Election Day in Texas.
Abbott will appear at popular Wichita Falls restaurant Stanley’s Barbecue Saturday between 12:30 p.m. and two. He previously appeared at his boyhood home on Randel Drive where a large crowd flocked to hear him speak earlier in the campaign for governor. He also previously made a campaign stop at the Eighth Street Coffee Shop in Wichita Falls during his tour of Texas.
On Wednesday Abbott appeared at Snoopy’s Pier in Corpus Christi accompanied by Chuck Norris, star of the popular television series “Walker, Texas Ranger.” During his Corpus Christi appearance Abbott mentioned that he’s filed 30 lawsuits against President Barack Obama and compared him to his Democratic opponent Wendy Davis. He also referred to his support for the Texas Voter ID Law.
Abbott reportedly said, “Voter fraud is real and must be stopped.”
There is a history of voter fraud in Texas, according to some political observers including the Senate race between Lyndon Johnson and Coke Stevenson. Stevenson took that race for the Democratic nomination to court after allegations were made some of the voters resided in cemeteries. A courthouse in Texas allegedly burned down before a recount could be done in that heated political battle.
Republican Party chairman of Texas Steve Munisteri called Davis Obama’s protege and said a vote for Abbott was a vote against Obama.
While Abbott has been on the campaign trail, he’s not neglected his duties as the top law enforcement official in Texas. In his role as Texas Attorney General he sent a strongly-worded letter to the City Attorney of Houston this week reqeusting he withdraw his subpoenas for pastor’s sermons, private notes and other communications in Texas largest city. Abbott, who is a noted constitutional scholar and lawyer, informed the City of Houston the subpoenas were in violation of the United States constitution.
Nationally-syndicated columnist Cal Thomas said this week that the subpoenas were an example of censorship. Critics of the subpoenas have made the comparisons of that act to the authoritarian government in Germany prior to World War II. In that situation Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was actually hanged for defending the church against the government only days before the Allies liberated Germany.
Abbott’s position supporting freedom of religion has been consistent throughout not only this campaign, but also during his extraordinary term as Texas Attorney General. He fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the right of the State of Texas to keep a monument upon which the Ten Commandments are inscribed. An atheist had walked across the grounds of the State Capitol and filed a lawsuit demanding Texas remove the Ten Commandments. The Supreme Court was persuaded by Abbott’s argument and ruled the Ten Commandments were constitutional.
Abbott will be available to answer questions from people during his appearance at Stanley’s Barbecue Saturday.
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