McAllen accused Abbott of playing politics by pitting white Texans against Hispanics.
“This year’s election should not fall into that traditional zone
of venomous nativist rhetoric that inflames the passions of white conservatives at
the expense of the state’s growing Hispanic population,” The Monitor said in
. “Abbott has been guilty of such practices in the past and we need t
o declare as a region that we are tired of having Hispanics act as the bogeymen of
In a speech this week in Dallas, the likely GOP nominee for governor outlined his program for protecting the border. He cited the growing influence of Mexican drug cartels in Texas. And he singled out law enforcement corruption in Starr, Hidalgo
and Cameron counties in South Texas. “This creeping corruption resembles third
-world country practices that erode the social fabric of our communities and
destroys Texans’ trust in government,” he said.
The Monitor said there’s no question corruption by law enforcement should be
denounced. But it questioned whether Abbott would have made a similar comparison to third-world countries had he been talking about local law-enforcement corruption in Dallas or Houston. The newspaper said it wants to hear
from other candidates whether they “denounce these words or embrace them.”
Progress Texas PAC director Glenn Smith said Abbott sat on the oversight committee for the state cancer-fighting agency and failed to act as the agency gave millions of dollars in questionable payments to commercial interests. A former high-ranking official of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute was indicted on a felony charge in connection with improperly awarding an $11 million grant to a Dallas firm.
Said Smith: “Greg Abbott insulted all of South Texas when he said that someone
in trouble with the law there proved the region had been corrupted by Mexican
drug lords. By his own logic, Abbott’s been corr
upted by Mexican drug lords since the CIPRIT scandal, which happened on his watch, has led to the indictment of a
The Abbott campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Jesse Diaz Cell (214)228-6778