Gov. Greg Abbott takes to online to declare Lupe Valdez is ‘wrong for Texas’
AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott is continuing his fight against his potential opponent in the November general election, former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez, with a website that portrays her as too liberal for Texas.
Valdez is battling Houston businessman Andrew White for the Democratic nomination for governor in the May 22 runoff, but she already has squared off with the Republican incumbent on issues including the sanctuary cities ban that he signed into law and that she would like to repeal, calling it a “cruel” measure.
Abbott repeatedly has taken aim at her on the apparent assumption that she will be the nominee. Valdez came in ahead of White in the primary, but lacked the majority vote needed to snag the nomination outright.
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Abbott’s campaign said that the website “will feature the far-left positions Valdez would pursue as governor,” including her support for a woman’s right to choose abortion. The website describes Valdez as “wrong for Texas.”
“Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, the economy is booming in Texas, wages are rising and there is record-low unemployment,” said Texans for Greg Abbott Campaign Manager John Jackson. “Lupe Valdez and her far-left positions would undo all of this. From now until Election Day, our campaign will inform voters how detrimental Valdez and her views would be to the state of Texas.”
Valdez and White both have portrayed Abbott’s reign as one that has shortchanged education and health care, decrying his support for the sanctuary cities measure and the failed bathroom bill that would have restricted transgender people’s use of public restrooms.
“I am running for office because I believe in giving people a fighting chance,” Valdez told the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project’s Willie C. Velásquez Benefit Dinner in San Antonio on Wednesday, the evening before Abbott launched his website.