by Dave Jolly
Yes, current Texas Governor Rick Perry is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and the right to display the Ten Commandments in public places, but he will not be the next governor come the 2014 election.
On Monday, Perry, 63, announced that he will not seek re-election after serving longer as governor than anyone in Texas history. In fact, some say that he served long enough to fill every state position possible with those loyal to him and his conservative views.
When I first saw the news that Perry was retiring, I wondered who would be running to fill the state’s top job and then it dawned on me that there is a man in Texas who has defended the displaying of the Ten Commandments all the way to the US Supreme Court and who also adamantly defends the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Texas Attorney General Gregory (Greg) Wayne Abbott would be my vote to run for governor of the state. In 1995, then Gov. George W. Bush appointed Abbott to the Texas State Supreme Court where he served until 2001, when he ran for State Attorney General and won.
Don’t let his wheelchair fool you as he is a formidable active conservative. When he was 26 years old, he was jogging when a large tree suddenly fell and landed on him. Abbott sustained a back injury that has left him a paraplegic, that hasn’t stopped or slowed him down one bit in his desire to uphold the law and defend the Constitutions of the US and Texas.
As Attorney General, Abbott argued the case of Van Orden v. Perry before the US Supreme Court. In the 1960s, the Fraternal Order of Eagles had donated a Ten Commandments monument that was placed on the grounds of the state capitol. When Gov. Perry refused to remove the Ten Commandments, he was sued. After arguing the state’s case, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of Abbott and Perry, stating that the monument did not violate the establishment clause.
Back in January, Abbott took the initiative to place web advertisements in several key New York cities asking their legal and responsible gun owners to move to Texas. New York had just passed a series of strict anti-gun laws and Abbott was presenting an alternative to New York residents.
When states like Colorado also passed strict anti-gun laws, Abbott actively courted the firearm companies that announced they were leaving the state. He makes no qualms in letting everyone know that Texas is a gun friendly state and that he is willing to fight off any federal gun control laws that come his way.
Finally, in a Feb. 2013 interview, Abbott was asked what his job entails. He responded:
“I go into the office in the morning, I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home.”
I truly hope to see Greg Abbott’s name in the GOP race for Governor of Texas in the 2014 elections. He is the best man for the job in my opinion. Perhaps down the road, we’ll see his name on the Republican Presidential ticket???