Governor Greg Abbott Returns to Duncanville, Tackles Hot Topics

Gov. Greg Abbott returns to Duncanville
Gov. Abbott photo by Chris Waits

Governor Greg Abbott, who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since 2015, was warmly greeted by an enthusiastic crowd upon returning to his home town of Duncanville last Tuesday. The governor was on a whirlwind tour through Texas, reminding people as he went that “we live in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world.”

Earlier that day Gov. Abbott met with Tarrant County law enforcement officials to discuss the fentanyl epidemic that’s destroyed the lives of so many young people. Gov. Abbott said he recently sent 10,000 Texas National Guard troops to fortify the border because the federal government had been reducing the forces there. He said it was necessary to send reinforcements to the border to help prevent the deadly fentanyl drug, manufactured in China, from crossing into the U.S.

Rally at Ben Franklin Apothecary

The Governor, who enjoys a comfortable lead over his seven challengers in the GOP primary, attended a Get Out the Vote Rally in Kitchen’s Deli at Ben Franklin’s Apothecary on Main Street. As a student at Duncanville HS (class of 1976), Abbott said he worked part time at the original Ben Franklin’s.

Gov. Abbott returns to Duncanville
Photo by Chris Waits

State Rep. Angie Chen Button introduced Gov. Abbott as a leader whose hard work has helped create jobs and kept the Texas economy strong. While aiming a few barbs at Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, who is expected to be his Democratic opponent in the general election, Gov. Abbott made no mention of his seven challengers for the GOP primary. Appearing on the second day of early voting for the March 1st primary, he urged everyone to vote early. He reminded them they could leave there and go vote just down the street at the Duncanville public library.

Gov. Abbott Tackles Hot Topics

Gov. Abbott said he is introducing a Parent’s Bill of Rights, to help protect the important role that parents play in the lives of their children. The bill ensures that parents remain the primary decision makers for their children’s education and health. He said schools should educate children, but not indoctrinate them.

Addressing another hot topic, the power grid failures during last winter’s blizzard, the governor said he had signed laws to improve the power grid to 15% more capacity. He also reiterated his strong support of law enforcement, and said defunding the police would not be tolerated under his watch. He pointed to the major crime increases across the U.S. in cities that defunded the police, including Austin. Gov. Abbott said he would defund any city that defunds their police department. The governor also said he was proud of making Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.

Early voting continues in Dallas County through this Friday, Feb. 25. The general election will be held Nov. 8.

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