Texas Republican candidate for governor rides California
That Texas-California rivalry may not be going away for some time.
In a newly released TV ad, Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott rolls his wheelchair over a large map of the United States from California to the Texas border.
“Every week businesses leave California to escape high taxes and strangling regulations,” Abbott says in the ad. “They come to Texas because we keep taxes low and regulations reasonable.”
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Earlier in the summer, Abbott reportedly told his state party convention that “I will not let them ‘California’ our Texas,” referring to Democrats.
Sound familiar? Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made a habit of tweaking California’s leaders for failing to reverse the flow of companies to the Lone Star State.
In June, Perry cruised down Sacramento’s L Street in a electric Tesla after California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced it was taking steps to persuade the automobile maker to build a battery factory in the state.
Lately, though, Perry and Brown may have something to commiserate over. Both lost out on Tesla’s planned plant – to Nevada.
Jim Brulte, California Republican Party chairman, in an email to party leaders describing state controller candidate Ashley Swearengin’s failure to endorse gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.