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Who is Tom Pauken?
Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 07/09/2013 | Gator

Posted on 07/10/2013 8:48:30 PM PDT by TexGrill

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is still sitting on the fence about exactly which state office he is raising money to run for in 2014. But he had 18 million at the end of 2012.

The man with the itchy trigger finger on the Voter I.D. law is already on Twitter crowing about the prospect of his 28th lawsuit.

Yeah, he calls it “my 28th lawsuit”. Abbott is taking another brave stand against the United Nations.

See?

My 28th lawsuit against #Obama if he signs UN Gun Treaty & Senate Ratifies it. http://t.co/aU98FFHANS #txlege #tcot #txgop #nra #guns #UN

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 9, 2013

But it’s on behalf of the good citizens of Texas and certainly couldn’t be an attempt to pander to his Tea Party base.

Tom Pauken doesn’t pussyfoot around. He’s running for governor. He’ll even admit it.

But who in the heck is he?

Is he “conservative”?

As conservative as it gets. He was the “Goldwater” flavor of it back in the old days. A Reagan White House staffer later. He looks like he could be Newt Gingrich’s brother.

Most recently Pauken has served as Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission. And he wrote a book about how the Republican Party went wrong and squandered the Reagan legacy. Yeah, he blames Dubya.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: rino; tompauken
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1 posted on 07/10/2013 8:48:30 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Abbott has done a great job at fighting the Feds and the UN types.

What has Pauken accomplished?


2 posted on 07/10/2013 8:53:57 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill
He looks like he could be Newt Gingrich’s brother.

Lemme know how that works out. (Heck of a resume)

3 posted on 07/10/2013 8:55:45 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Doesn’t the UN continue to exist? Did Abbott stop the UN Arms Control Treaty?


4 posted on 07/10/2013 8:58:03 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

No, but he was Jimmy on the spot to throw a legal challenge.


5 posted on 07/10/2013 8:59:36 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

We could kick the UN out tomorrow.
Would they still continue to exist?


6 posted on 07/10/2013 9:00:30 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

One might call that a frivolous lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit, knowing you will lose and spending the taxpayer dollars of Texans to file it.


7 posted on 07/10/2013 9:02:15 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill
Dang ol Perry!

On August 21, 2006, Governor Rick Perry named Pauken to chairman the Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform (TFAR) to study and make recommendations on how to address Texans' continuing concerns over property appraisals.[2] In March 2008, Perry appointed Pauken chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC),[3] which administers state unemployment compensation benefits, provides workforce development services, and maintains and issues state labor market data.

During his time as TWC chairman, which ended in May 2012, Pauken oversaw the development of the Texas Back to Work program and the Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP).[4]

8 posted on 07/10/2013 9:04:17 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Greg Abbott has that conservative noise making Rick Perry
style.

and does he have a clear point of view about amnesty and illegal immigraton or the fuzzy I want security but no fence approach of Perry.

Is Abbott the real deal Ted Cruz type or the GOP E type who blows the smoke and puts on the show?????

As for Pauken, correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t he of the Paulista faction of the GOP?????


9 posted on 07/10/2013 9:04:43 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: TexGrill

One might call it buying time.
Bowing up.
Throwing a monkey wrench in the gears.


10 posted on 07/10/2013 9:05:19 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

The UN doesn’t fear Abott, they know he’s publicity-seeking Texas politician looking to score a few points with voters. Besides UN lawyers can reap big-time cash to deal with Abbott’s frivolous lawsuits and use Obama’s dues to pay for their attorneys.


11 posted on 07/10/2013 9:05:25 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Nextrush

You Will never get it.
NO TEXAS GOV OFFICIAL writes immigration law.

We do what the FED forces us to do and we thumb them in the eye in protest

What do you suppose Perry’s true heart is?


12 posted on 07/10/2013 9:08:00 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

Why would they? Texas has no sway over the UN.
It was a warning shot to DC.


13 posted on 07/10/2013 9:08:50 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Nextrush

I think Abbott has done a stellar job keeping DC in knots.
That is all that Cruz has accomplished so far, and I like Cruz.


14 posted on 07/10/2013 9:10:56 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Nextrush

This whole Voter ID thing was a Perry Abbott proposal.

We won.
Celebrate.


15 posted on 07/10/2013 9:12:16 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Nextrush

If you folks in Texas want to know more about Pauken why don’t you go to one of his speeches. I’m sure he’ll answer a few questions. It’s one thing to criticize a politician when you’re sitting alone next to a computer and it’s another thing to meet a politican face-to-face. Besides, Pauken’s campaign can’t afford a multi-miliion dollar security detail, so you can even shake his hand too, even if you disagree with him.


16 posted on 07/10/2013 9:14:00 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: mylife

But it’s wasting the taxpayers’ dollars of Texans. Why should Texans be forced to pay for frivolous lawsuits?


17 posted on 07/10/2013 9:15:22 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

Frivolous?

You call Obama wanting to push the UN arms treaty on us frivolous?
Have you not noticed how anti 2nd amendment this current administration is?

Sometimes you gotta ride the fence line brother.


18 posted on 07/10/2013 9:18:24 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

Why should Texans pay for a fence when it is the feds job?

We pick and choose our battles.


19 posted on 07/10/2013 9:19:32 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

No fence seems to me to say a lot when Rick Perry says it.

And saying that the people will trust the politicians when there is “security” says something too when Rick Perry said it.

The political game of the GOP e is to sell people on the notion they are “securing the border” while they open the floodgates to amnesty.

Perry seems to know where his bread is buttered and its the business interests that want cheap labor especially ones in Texas that have propped his political career with cash.


20 posted on 07/10/2013 9:20:52 PM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: All

I am done here.
I have had my say.

I will not nit pick two of the strongest conservative records in the USA


21 posted on 07/10/2013 9:21:12 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Sounds like your making excuses over building the fence issue. It’s nice to know that you’re oppossed to States Rights, just let Obummer take charge of everything. And if Abbott is elected Governor, you’ll get your wish. Abbott’s a pushover and Obama hopes Abbott will win the governor’s seat. Whenever, Abbott complains, Obama will say, “go file another frivolous lawsuit.”


22 posted on 07/10/2013 9:23:33 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Nextrush

Perry was not gonna tax Texans to build a ence because some ahole in Peoria has his knickers in a twist about illegals that the Fed will NOT ALLOW TEXANS TO DEPORT.

We have HUGE OPEN RANGE here.
Perry said it would be best to use a mixture of border surveillance and security.

Yall can elect Obama again as far as I am concerned.

Perry is not the source of this nations woes.


23 posted on 07/10/2013 9:25:26 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

We are 17 trillion in debt.
Who’s gonna pay? What Texan’s land to we steal?


24 posted on 07/10/2013 9:27:02 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

You are hilarious.
No one is more PRO states rights than Rick Perry and Greg Abbott.


25 posted on 07/10/2013 9:28:32 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

You complain about Obummer, but you want him to pay for everything. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.


26 posted on 07/10/2013 9:28:51 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

And thank you FRiend, It is best we work this BS out BEFORE any primary’s.


27 posted on 07/10/2013 9:30:08 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

You just asked Obummer to pay for your fence. How’s that for supporting States’ Rights? Let’s just get Barry to pay for everything.


28 posted on 07/10/2013 9:30:19 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

Obama pays for nothing.
The question is who pays and is it workable?


29 posted on 07/10/2013 9:31:04 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

I agree. It’s not personal. I take my stand as a Texan and I got a hold my ground until the primaries. I’m just asking Texans to do their research and try to meet the candidates, Abbott and Pauken, and then they can judge for themselves. I don’t see anything wrong with that.


30 posted on 07/10/2013 9:32:29 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

I Like Perry think a physical fence is an unworkable money pit.
Enforce the immigration laws and use surveillance.
Build fencing in heavy corridors.


31 posted on 07/10/2013 9:33:20 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

We need to get on one page.


32 posted on 07/10/2013 9:34:13 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Well, if you’re serious about stopping the flow of illegal immigration, you may have to build a fence. It might not be 100% fool-proof but perhaps it could be more effective than the open borders we got now.


33 posted on 07/10/2013 9:34:21 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: All

I am going to say this one more time.

There is no ideal candidate for today’s conservatives.
We have to move the best man(or woman) forward at all levels.

Perry is way to liberal for some that believe anything the opposition says, but his record has been very successful and conservative overall.

Do people like him piss off the fringe on both sides? Yes they do, but we hire them to do what is the best we can for bot sides.
No Conservative Gov will make Liberals happy.
No Liberal will make Conservatives happy.

This is the NATURE of Governance.
What counts is who moved our cause further.

This week, my Sen is making a monkey of Wendy Davis.


34 posted on 07/10/2013 9:43:04 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

If we are serious we need to hold the Federal Gov.
That is why I voted 3 times to send Ted Cruz to DC

Obama aint getting it done for us is he?


35 posted on 07/10/2013 9:44:47 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

Open Borders are enforced by the FED.


36 posted on 07/10/2013 9:45:36 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

Beyond paying for a fence and making it work, Texas has a huge problem in that the fence would have to be built almost entirely on PRIVATE land.

It would be easier and cheaper for the Fed to ALLOW States and Local authority’s to enforce the LAW.


37 posted on 07/10/2013 9:50:21 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

I agree, but my concern is that too many Texans think that Abbott is the only conservative who is running for governor. So they say, “I’m voting for Abbott,” without taking a look at other candidates. I hope more Texans, especially FReepers, go and meet Pauken. It reminds me of when I was a reporter in Texas. Sometimes before meeting a politician, I would hear all these crazy stories and I was ready to confront them face-to-face. But after meeting the person I was surprised to meet a decent fellow. There were other times, I would prepare to meet a politican whom I had always respected and when we met face-to-face I felt disappointed. You can’t really know someone until you are right next to them, shake their hand and you look them in their eyes. There’s just no other way.


38 posted on 07/10/2013 9:54:07 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

I am sure they are all decent fellows if you are in their circle.

We need people that get **** done, take the kicks and dust themselves off and do it again.

The main consideration is getting stuff done.
Tx has done that despite Obama.


39 posted on 07/10/2013 10:00:38 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

BTW has Abbott announced?

No.
He hasn’t.


40 posted on 07/10/2013 10:02:22 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Yes and Pauken did the same as Texas Workforce Commission chairman. The major difference between Abbott and Pauken is that Abbott’s a show horse and Pauken’s a work horse. It’s the work horse that gets things done, but it’s the show horse people like to look at. But what kind of horse do you prefer? I prefer the work horse.


41 posted on 07/10/2013 10:03:24 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: mylife; Nextrush
What do you suppose Perry’s true heart is?

All of this was covered during Perry's time in the primaries.

Perry is Pro-Amnesty.

In that sense, he's GWB II
42 posted on 07/10/2013 11:30:52 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

true

me and you we are just cruel in his eyes


43 posted on 07/10/2013 11:32:44 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SoConPubbie

Its good to keep reminding people since there seems to be a lot of Perry postings that are not accurate about him on this site.


44 posted on 07/11/2013 2:43:28 AM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: SoConPubbie

Perry is not Pro Amnesty.


45 posted on 07/11/2013 5:19:46 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: TexGrill

Remarkable post from you. You spelled Abbott’s last name correctly.


46 posted on 07/11/2013 6:17:42 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

I have known Greg Abbott for many years and have always thought very highly of him, but having been very involved in this last legislative session where not many bills of importance were passed, I started wondering about him and his record. While in Austin, there were so many bills that he could have made an impact on just by speaking about them, but what did we hear? Silence..... What happened with the 2nd amendment bills? Nothing..... What did his grandstanding about the 2nd amendment bills cause to happen? Nothing..... Let’s not forget Obamacare...... There were several bills introduce to try to save Texans from this horrible legislation, but none were championed by Abbott. Again, it was silence..... After witnessing this type of behavior first hand, it made me start looking into his record and past more closely and this is what I found. First, Abbot made his fortune by filing a lawsuit against the landowner of the property and the arborist company that where a tree was that to fall on him while he jogged under it. It is reported that he cleared in excess of $10,000,000. Once he got into office, he fought for tort reform which became law that would not allow others to do as he did? That is hypocritical and gives us a mirror into his character. Secondly, over the last 4 years, Mr. Abbott has filed 27 lawsuits on behalf of the state of Texas. Of these he has only won 5—4 of which were against the EPA and 1 which was against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 9 are in progress, 8 he lost, 4 dismissals and 1 which could be called a partial win because it would give the states money for medicaid expansion but said it was illegal to tax individuals without healthcare. These lawsuits cost the citizens of our great state $23.8 million dollars. If I had a lawyer on retainer and this was his record, I’d be finding a new one. Rhetoric is what is making Abbott well liked because it’s sure not his record. It’s time for Texans to stand up to this type of political smoke and mirrors and say enough is enough. We have to stop the madness.


47 posted on 07/11/2013 7:46:29 AM PDT by Texann
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To: Texann

Thanks for your post. Pauken may have his flaws, such as playing the underdog, not too friendly to the establishment folks, and not going on the campaign stump wearing a cowboy hat while holding a gun and a Bible at the same time, but when it comes to Pauken, what you see is what you get. Your explanation is exactly one of the reasons I have a problem with Abbott. He’s a show horse, but when it’s time for him to act like a work horse, he announces that he’s filing another frivolous lawsuit against the UN, and at 5 pm he “goes home.”


48 posted on 07/11/2013 6:05:29 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Texann

I didn’t realize Abbott was in the legislature this session. Thanks for the update on his lack of action there. Was he in the Senate or the House?


49 posted on 07/11/2013 8:37:15 PM PDT by PAR35
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