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Tue Feb 11, 2014, 01:29 AM Feb 2014

Wendy Davis' opponent compared Rio Grande Valley to 'Third World'

Offering unflattering comparisons of the heavily Hispanic Rio Grande Valley to the “third world” may not be the best way to cultivate Texas’ Latino vote.

The Republican candidate for Texas governor ruffled feathers across the state last week when he said that instances of law enforcement corruption in the Valley resembled “third-world country practices that erode the social fabric of our communities” -- a comment that drew immediate criticism from Democrats and Latino groups, who viewed the remark as based on an ethnic stereotype. A majority of the Rio Grande Valley’s residents are Mexican-American.

The controversy continued to simmer over the weekend. The Monitor, a newspaper in the border town of McAllen, published an editorial on Friday saying Abbott should apologize for his comments. The editors wrote that the paper was tired of seeing Hispanics portrayed “as the bogeymen of Texas.” They went on to issue a challenge:

[W]e view this incident as a potential defining moment in this year’s election. We call on all campaigns for statewide elective office -- especially Abbott’s probable rival in November, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis -- to denounce these words or embrace them. Our numbers in the Valley dictate that we have a seat at the table in which public policy is fashioned. We demand to know the attitude of those with whom we are seated.


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(113,624 posts)
1. Abbott is supposed to respond to Davis' comments in the Tuesday edition
Tue Feb 11, 2014, 01:44 AM
Feb 2014

of the McAllen Monitor. What I've heard is that he calls Davis "clueless" about RGV issues. I'm determining how I intend to spice my popcorn in anticipation.



(65,616 posts)
2. Abbott is a moran, his knuckles dragged the floor as soon as his momma
Tue Feb 11, 2014, 01:48 AM
Feb 2014

had him. Then again, why would ANYONE but the KKK vote for Abbott? He is horrible and makes Jesse Helms look like the new Pope! HE is the reason we have such a fucked up state! Perry signed off on it, but Abbott is the racist POS behind the operation.

I cannot wait to see his loserman face when Wendy Davis whips his ASS in the polls!


(24,692 posts)
3. Nice post, RandySF. Thanks. Republicans playing to 'unfounded fears'. Again.
Tue Feb 11, 2014, 07:23 AM
Feb 2014
The Associated Press notes that crime has actually decreased along the border in recent years. The border city of El Paso, Texas, has been ranked the safest major city in the country for three years in a row, according to the Congressional Quarterly’s annual release of crime rate statistics.

Three Democratic Congress members who represent border districts criticized Abbott’s plan, saying they played up unfounded fears.

“The policies were crafted and sold very far away from the border,” U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) of El Paso said, according to the El Paso Times.

Congress members along the Texas-Mexico border have long called for policymakers to shift the focus from border security toward decreasing wait times at legal ports of entry to facilitate international trade with Mexico, the United States’ third-largest trading partner.

"Three Democratic Congress members who represent border districts criticized Abbott’s plan, saying they played up unfounded fears.

republicans playing the 'fear' card to try to win votes. Where have we heard that before? Facts, Mr. Abbot. Facts. Not fears.
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