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Democrats Call on Greg Abbott (1)

Democrats Call on Greg Abbott (1)

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Published by Mary Tuma
Texas Dems Tell Abbott to Tone Down the Toxic Rhetoric
Texas Dems Tell Abbott to Tone Down the Toxic Rhetoric

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Published by: Mary Tuma on Feb 10, 2014
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February 10, 2014 TO: Greg Abbott Campaign for Governor 502 East 11th Street, 3rd Floor Austin, TX 78701 Attorney General Greg Abbott: In the past several weeks, you and your colleagues in the Republican Party have made a number of disparaging remarks about the Texas - Mexico border and its people. We all know that this is an election year, but as a statewide office holder and the leader of your party, you are responsible for the tenor and the tone of the debate. Texans are calling for leaders that can bring new jobs, good jobs to our state. It’s our duty to  portray Texas, all of Texas, as the hardworking, enterprising state we know it is. Anything else is  bad for business. When you compare a region that is key to the success of the Texas economy to the “third-world”, it kills our ability to attract jobs and conduct business. These comments are baseless and ignore the people of the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, El Paso and the entire border region. Given recent remarks in candidate forums by a number of Republicans, it seems like this assault on the people of the Texas - Mexico border is becoming an established campaign talking point across the entire Republican Party. From your comparison of South Texas to the “third world,” to Republican Lt. Governor candidate Sen. Dan Patrick’s calls to “stop the invasion” and Commissioner Jerry Patterson’s pledge to repeal birthright citizenship and bilingual ballots in order to forcefully assimilate immigrants, these divisive comments have no place in campaign rhetoric. We all know that Texas shines when its elected officials celebrate its diversity and promote the rich culture of our communities. For the welfare of our state, it is important that all Texans are united on this issue. As public officials, the health of our economy and the future of our state need to be at the top of our agenda. As the top of your ticket, you have the responsibility to set the direction of Republican campaigns. As elected officials who represent these regions and the people of Texas, we would appreciate it if you stick to the facts and call on your colleagues to do the same. Senator Leticia Van de Putte Senator Carlos Uresti Texas Senate District 26 Texas Senate District 19 Senator Kirk Watson Senator José Rodríguez Texas Senate District 14 Texas Senate District 29

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