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Apology called for after Greg Abbott's comment
KSAT12 ^ | 02/10/2014 | Author: Jessie Degollado

Posted on 02/11/2014 12:50:38 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

Abbott: RGV corruption cases ‘resemble third world country’

SAN ANTONIO - Greg Abbott, the Republican frontrunner for governor, tweeted he’ll have a rebuttal to the uproar over his “Third World country” comment.

Referring to his Democratic opponent Wendy Davis, Abbott said, “It will show how clueless she is.”

In a tweet as well as a letter to the editor of the McAllen Monitor, Davis called on Abbott “to apologize for his offensive comments about South Texas."

I join @monitornews in calling for Greg Abbott to apologize for his offensive comments about South Texas: http://t.co/dDt1KouSNW

— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) February 9, 2014 She said Abbott’s message is “untrue, hurts our state, harms economic development in our border communities.”

Greg Abbott’s comparison of South Texas to a third world country is not only untrue, it also hurts our state: http://t.co/OBV6vxBVuB

— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) February 9, 2014 Last Tuesday in Dallas, during a speech about border security, Abbott described recent cases in the Rio Grande Valley as “this creeping corruption resembles Third World country practices.”

Abbott was referring to several high-profile cases tied to drug smuggling, such as the now-defunct Panama Unit, a drug task force that included the son of the Hidalgo County Sheriff.

In its Sunday editorial, the McAllen Monitor also called for Abbott to apologize.

The editorial read, “Abbott would not have made a similar comparison to Third World countries had he been talking about corruption in Dallas or Houston. ... We need to declare as a region that we are tired of having Hispanics act as the bogeyman of Texas.”

Dr. Henry Flores, a political analyst and professor at St. Mary’s University, said cases have been prosecuted in the Rio Grande Valley, but he said corruption exists almost anywhere there is power to be had, regardless of race.

Flores said Abbott’s remarks will only further widen the racial divide in Texas politics.

“What he’s really doing is appealing to extremists in his party,” Flores said.

As a result, Flores said he does not expect Abbott to apologize.

“I don’t think he’ll apologize because that’s just not who he is. But he needs to apologize,” Flores said.

Flores said the latest war of words between Abbott and Davis will earn a mention in his new book.

He said Abbott’s words did not target Hispanics directly, but he is using them to his political advantage.

“Strategic racism, that’s what that is,” Flores said.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
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One more reason I like Greg Abbott. He calls a spade a spade.

The Rio Grande Valley is one of the most beautiful places to be on God's green earth. But Abbott is correct. The Mexican culture dominates the place and corruptions is rampant.

1 posted on 02/11/2014 12:50:38 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Abbott’s reply to his critics....

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Public service is a public trust. As attorney general, I have prosecuted judges, district attorneys and other public officials across Texas who violated that trust, who have been corrupted.

While most all who serve the citizens of Texas do so honorably, left ignored, a virus can quickly spread.

This corruption — wherever it occurs — erodes the social fabric of our communities and destroys Texans’ trust and confidence in government.

As your attorney general — and hopefully as your future governor — my job is to ensure your families are safe and your opportunities for prosperity are many. That job includes tackling the problem of corruption by public officials.

Honest, hardworking businessmen and women, single-parent families seeking a better future and citizens who play by the rules, work hard and strive for the American Dream — they are the real victims of that corruption.

To ignore their pleas for help is to allow the problem to thrive.

I will not cede ground to those who corrupt and twist our system of justice. This is not the Texas we know, the America we love, nor the system that we want for our children.

The Rio Grande Valley — like all of Texas — is filled with ethical, hardworking families whose very foundation is based on integrity. But, even The Monitor recently noted, “the pall of corruption has dogged the Rio Grande Valley and continues today” and “cases of public officials on the take have spiked.”

On Jan. 1, The Monitor published a Valley Morning Star article entitled: “Depth of corruption in Cameron Co. hard to believe, says judge.” It detailed how a “federal investigation found corruption in the Cameron County’s legal system and judiciary to be so pervasive that most people wouldn’t believe it.” That led to a former judge’s conviction for accepting money in return for favorable rulings in a public corruption investigation that included a former district attorney and a former Texas legislator.

And there have been other stories about law enforcement officers in other Texas counties involved in money laundering, drug smuggling and accepting bribes to protect the cartels and their smuggling routes.

Sadly, these violations of the public’s trust are just a few of many allegations I am familiar with in my role as attorney general.

Does corruption occur across all of Texas? Absolutely. I’ve prosecuted it. And it is abhorrent wherever it occurs.

My comments about “corruption resembling third-world country practices” are as true today as when I said them last week. My goal is to make them untrue tomorrow. Those comments were not directed at the Rio Grande Valley — they apply wherever corruption is found. I’d encourage all readers to share their thoughts on my detailed plan and join the discussion at http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/.

It does not matter where public corruption occurs in Texas; it must be stopped. Texans deserve better, no matter their ZIP code.

The Monitor was misguided to suggest that my legitimate concerns about corruption stem from being a “white conservative” or from “xenophobia.”

Like many Texas families, mine is multicultural by choice. My family gatherings include the Segura, Cuellar, Rocha, Torres, Gamez and Valdillez families. We share more than a meal; we share conservative values.

Conservative is not a color, it is not a race, it is not an ethnicity. It is a commitment to the idea that every American has a chance to succeed; that faith and family are foremost; that jobs and education are the best pathway to a better future; and that secure communities are a part of all that.

I will do more than talk about corruption. As governor, I will build on my record of keeping Texans safe, marshal the tools we need to secure our border, enforce the rule of law and rout out corruption wherever it attacks.

Public service must be built on public trust.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination

http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/columnists/article_d6d33a72-92b3-11e3-b173-0017a43b2370.html


2 posted on 02/11/2014 12:54:08 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

spade = wetback


3 posted on 02/11/2014 12:54:56 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I like a candidate who doesn’t apologize when he’s right.


4 posted on 02/11/2014 12:58:20 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

First World problems,, jeeez
lol


5 posted on 02/11/2014 12:59:28 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Responsibility2nd

“I’m sorry you look like a 3rd world country!”


6 posted on 02/11/2014 1:00:06 PM PST by G Larry
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To: Responsibility2nd

I wish Abbott would say, “Here’s my apology....F You...THAT’S my apology.”


7 posted on 02/11/2014 1:01:03 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Responsibility2nd
Did Davis ever apologize for her "walking" comment about Abbott?

Maybe she did and I missed it.

8 posted on 02/11/2014 1:01:40 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Oh Flores can puke me a river.


9 posted on 02/11/2014 1:09:22 PM PST by austinaero
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To: fwdude

I like how Wendy is all over this “controversy”. Trying to make something out of nothing.

I’d also like Wendy to spend a week down on the streets of the RGV some time. Her bleach blond bubble brained head would be quite blown away.

Abbott’s right. Davis IS clueless.


10 posted on 02/11/2014 1:12:27 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wendy is grasping at straws. The corrupt press in RGV is happy to help her in hopes she as Governor would make the corrupt life easier for those siding with the Mex Cartels.

Davis will not be Governor.


11 posted on 02/11/2014 1:18:22 PM PST by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
BAM! Take that, lib race baiters.
12 posted on 02/11/2014 1:22:12 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Bravo Greg!


13 posted on 02/11/2014 1:24:15 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I’d also like Wendy to spend a week down on the streets of the RGV some time. Her bleach blond bubble brained head would be quite blown away.

Yeah, she can open carry in that 3rd world country while she's at it.

14 posted on 02/11/2014 1:30:53 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

truth be know, south texas has been annexed by mexico, so it is a 3rd world country.


15 posted on 02/11/2014 1:53:39 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; GeronL

Would it have been racist to use the phrase Banana Republic?

Wendy Davis’ campaign team staff made fun of Greg Abbott’s handicap and are looking for some way to put him on “sensitivity” defense.


16 posted on 02/11/2014 1:56:24 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Tax-chick

bump


17 posted on 02/11/2014 1:58:52 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3121817/posts

Biden makes jokes about third world countries


18 posted on 02/11/2014 2:00:26 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Being a conservative means never having to say you’re sorry.


19 posted on 02/11/2014 2:18:38 PM PST by MNnice
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To: Responsibility2nd
Conservative is not a color, it is not a race, it is not an ethnicity. It is a commitment to the idea that every American has a chance to succeed; that faith and family are foremost; that jobs and education are the best pathway to a better future; and that secure communities are a part of all that.

Greg Abbott not only refused to apologize, he effectively defended himself, his statement and conservatism itself.

The Monitor should apologize to him!

Abbott is emerging as a very impressive human being. He should be a great governor...and, down the line, may be even more.

20 posted on 02/11/2014 2:19:53 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The truth hurts. Just as large parts of CA or other SW states are becoming third world like.


21 posted on 02/11/2014 2:20:05 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Responsibility2nd

The whole Republic is being run like a third world country


22 posted on 02/11/2014 2:24:23 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Responsibility2nd
This seems to be the SOP Democrat tactic.

Scour a candidates past statements, find a word that has an alternate meaning, then call on the candidate to apologize.

George Allen? Macaca.

John Roberts? Amigo.

Mitt Romney? Binders of women.

This tactic is based on the expectation that all Republicans cave at the first sign of pressure.

-PJ

23 posted on 02/11/2014 2:25:19 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: dfwgator

He could have said “turd world.”


24 posted on 02/11/2014 2:27:02 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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George Allen? Macaca.

What was the other meaning of Macaca? I hasten to add that I didn't mind Allen saying it whatever its meanings.

25 posted on 02/11/2014 2:29:31 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Tax-chick

Exactly.... He just earned my vote.


26 posted on 02/11/2014 2:32:34 PM PST by csivils
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Last Tuesday in Dallas, during a speech about border security, Abbott described recent cases in the Rio Grande Valley as “this creeping corruption resembles Third World country practices.”
Abortion Barbie ping. Thanks Responsibility2nd.
27 posted on 02/11/2014 2:39:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: csivils

I don’t admire trash talk from candidates, but this is relevant political commentary that any reasonable person would find reasonable. If he apologized, he would show that he’s got no gumption.


28 posted on 02/11/2014 2:47:18 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Davis called on Abbott “to apologize for his offensive comments about South Texas."

Sure thing, Abortion Barbie ... as soon as you apologize for accusing him of attacking your family history.

29 posted on 02/11/2014 2:49:44 PM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: luvbach1
Allen said it was a made-up word that his grand-daughter would say. Others said that it was a South American aboriginal tribe, and that he was making a racist derogatory comment.

-PJ

30 posted on 02/11/2014 2:58:14 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too; luvbach1

It was considered to be a reference to the “macaque,” a type of ape.


31 posted on 02/11/2014 3:06:37 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

You Texans are doing a great job exposing Little Miss Late Abortion Killer as the fascist that she is.

Carry on...


32 posted on 02/11/2014 3:16:45 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Responsibility2nd

I doubt Abbott will get many votes from South Texas anyway.


33 posted on 02/11/2014 3:25:40 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Responsibility2nd

This guy sounds like the real deal. God bless him. So glad he did not back down and let the race baiters paint him into a corner.

I have to admit, though, that I have learned a new term from the clown who criticized him: strategic racism. So ridiculous.


34 posted on 02/11/2014 3:28:12 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Altura Ct.

Just as large parts of CA or other SW states are becoming third world like.

&&
Comes with plan, i.e., Mexico’s bloodless invasion of the US.


35 posted on 02/11/2014 3:30:43 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Abbott’s remarks were absolutely accurate. The RGV/border area is as corrupt as it could possibly be. Guess what political party runs the RGV? Thats right, you guessed it. It’s run by democrats. 90% of the vote there is democrat. It’s a one party system in deep S. Texas. Judges, DA’s Sheriffs, State Reps. I know. I lived there for over 25 years.


36 posted on 02/11/2014 3:32:41 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Allen said it was a made-up word that his grand-daughter would say. Others said that it was a South American aboriginal tribe, and that he was making a racist derogatory comment.

Don't mind the derogatory part.

37 posted on 02/11/2014 5:24:56 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: Responsibility2nd
“Abbott would not have made a similar comparison to Third World countries had he been talking about corruption in Dallas or Houston.

Ummm, apparently the folks at the McAllen Monitor have not yet visited some of the more “scenic” areas in East Dallas, south of Ross Av.

Or some parts of west Dallas either…

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38 posted on 02/11/2014 7:01:40 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The question that remains: Who is the most clueless: Wendy Davis or the people of Texas? Find out November 4.


39 posted on 02/11/2014 7:07:15 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Liberty Valance

RGV is deep blue on the political map, which counters the GOPe argument that illegals are somehow social and fiscal conservatives just waiting for republican salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth.


40 posted on 02/11/2014 7:15:49 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: luvbach1
What was the other meaning of Macaca?

My theory is that he meant to say 'meshuga', a Yiddish word meaning 'crazy'. One of his grandmothers was Jewish, so he probably heard the term used when he was a boy. I think he just screwed it up.

41 posted on 02/13/2014 2:23:12 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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