Texas Gov Hopeful Likes to Sue President Obama
The Texas attorney general, as expected, formally jumped into the race to succeed Rick Perry as governor.
Abbott has sued President Obama and his administration 27 times in the past five years — over issues such as the national health care law he and other Republicans deride as “Obamacare” and the Voting Rights Act. One of his favorite targets is the Environmental Protection Agency, which he’s sued 17 times over air quality standards and carbon emissions.
Abbott’s lawsuits against the Obama administration are frequently mentioned in his speeches, with one line a particular favorite. “I go into the office in the morning. I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home,” Abbott likes to say.
The former Texas Supreme Court justice formally announced his campaign Sunday, 29 years after he was hit by an oak tree while he was jogging in Houston. The accident left him paralyzed and bound to a wheelchair.
Abbott, who has socked away $20 million for the 2014 campaign, is heavily favored in Republican-red Texas. He faces Tom Pauken, a former Texas Republican Party chairman and onetime Perry commission appointee, in a GOP primary.