Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott barely had time to get a good night’s sleep on Election Night Nov. 4 before he immediately began his transition to governor of the Lone Star State, according to KRPC television of Houston. In the wake of his landslide, landmark victory by 20 points in the governor’s race Tuesday evening, he held a press conference Wednesday at the State Capitol in which he announced several of his plans going forward.
Most people would probably take a weeklong vacation before changing jobs. Especially, if they’d been campaigning hard for 18 months while at the same time serving as the top law enforcement official in a state as large as Texas. Or at the very least take a day off. Why not?
But not Greg Abbott. He seems to run on an endless supply of energy.
One of the most headline-grabbing announcements he made was that “if the Texas House and Senate both pass an open carry handgun law I will sign it into law.” He further said, “If it’s good enough for Massachusetts then it’s good enough for Texas.”
Abbott, who has been touted by many as the best Attorney General in the history of Texas, met with Lieutenant Governor-Elect Dan Patrick and Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss during the first hours following his overwhelming election in which he won 60% of the vote. He also met with Dr. Kyle Janek to address the Ebola issue during the first day of the transition period.
The hardworking Wichita Falls, Texas native said, “The people of Texas elected me to do a job and expect me to do that job.”
In regard to his meeting with Dr. Janek, the governor-elect said, “I want to be sure the protocols (for Ebola) are all in place.”
Abbott is already living up to one of his campaign promises that he will look out for the interests of the people of Texas. It is reassuring Texas next governor is checking into the details of stopping the deadly virus. Dr. Janek is the state’s Health and Human Resources Commissioner.
Abbott also re-affirmed his campaign promise to defend the Texas-Mexico border this week.
Abbott evidently didn’t want to spend time basking in the glory of his overwhelming victory in which he claimed 60% of the vote. He said, “It is time to put the election behind us and begin the process of going to work.”
He is in the process of meeting with the various agency heads as he transists from enforcing the laws of Texas to governing the only state in the U.S. which was once a nation.
He said that First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge would be very valuable in “assisting us in the transition process.”
People in his hometown of Wichita Falls were jubilant over the election of one of their own as governor. One man said, “The good thing about Greg Abbott is we know he’ll do exactly what he says he’ll do.”
During his campaign for governor Abbott made a campaign stop at his boyhood home on Randell Drive in Wichita Falls and was met by an enthusiastic crowd of admirers. For this city of 105,000 it is the classic story of hometown boy makes good. For the citizens of Texas, it is the good news of electing a man who will keep his word once he’s in office.
With his wife Cecilia and daughter Audrey at his side, there is no reason to doubt he’ll be a great governor.
Although he has won the historic election, he will not actually become governor until January of 2015. Abbott will be inaugurated as the governor of Texas on Jan. 20.
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