Skip to comments.Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice (gubernatorial race)
Posted on 04/15/2014 1:55:24 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates dont dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nations busiest death chamber.
Its an election-year dilemma for Abbott. But in Texas, its one that Democratic rival Wendy Davis cant easily exploit, illustrating the difficulty of navigating the issue in such a pro-death penalty state.
Abbott must soon decide whether to stick with his earlier opinions that Texas must disclose the source of the execution drugs it uses. That revelation that could prompt attention-shy suppliers to halt their drug deliveries and stop Texas executions.
If Abbott holds firm, hell please death penalty opponents who prison officials say want to target the companies with protests and threats. Reversing course would go against his vows for transparency in government.
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“If you kill someone in Texas, we kill you right back.”
I am sure most Texans outside of Austin are proud of this fact. Hopefully, Abbott will figure this out and get on to more important issues.
The Great Hanging at Gainsville TX 1861
In all fairness, the Great Hanging was done by Secessionist Democrats and those hanged were Republicans.
Switch to hanging.
They have a name for people who change their position in the face of new or better information; they’re called “rational”
Based on the abuse drug suppliers have been receiving, Abbott should simply assert that revealing the names of these companies puts them in line for unreasonable abuse.
Was that a hanging or a lynching? Certain views tend towards the latter.
LOL. The AP sees Wendy Davis crashing and burning and is desparate to gin up any article that will slow Abbott’s momentum. So they create this “difficult choices” article to make it look like Abbott is going to make a “controversial” decision. Nice try AP indeed.
What if Abbott decides to “evolve” like King Obama did on gay marriage? Then what will AP do?
There is a big difference between Abbott’s position on the death penalty and Davis’ position on the death penalty.
Abbott believes a person must be convicted by a jury of his or her peers for a crime of extreme violence resulting in the death of one or more other persons.
Davis believes a person can be executed at the behest of that person’s mother for simply being inconvenient to the mother.
Why not use the illegal drugs like heroin and meth that are seized from drug dealers? I’m sure a more than lethal dose administered by IV would do the job nicely. Protesters would have a hard time saying these drugs were inhumane as thousands of addicts would do anything to use them.
And a lot of us who live in Austin have also figured it out. If I had my way, I would move the Austin-ites to Boston where they would be much, much more happy.
GREAT way to re-frame it.