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July 15, 2013 - 8:33 am

And with that, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott kicks off his run for governor.

Abbott formally launched his campaign Sunday afternoon in San Antonio. The long-time attorney general has taken the Obama administration to court 27 times on cases regarding ObamaCare, upholding Texas’ popular voter ID law, and over EPA regulations aimed at Texas industries.

Another Greg Abbott fact: Greg Abbott actually does have a steel backbone.

Abbott, fresh out of law school, was jogging through Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood on July 14, 1984, when a 75-foot oak tree suddenly splintered at its base, striking him in the back and partially paralyzing him. Abbott sued the homeowner and a tree company that had worked in the area and collected millions.

He has since become a proponent of limiting civil litigation in Texas and capping the amount of damages that can be awarded. Opponents have called him a hypocrite, but Abbott has largely shrugged off such criticisms. He rarely speaks about his accident, but chose to Sunday.

“Piecing my life back together began with doctors piecing my vertebrae back together,” he said, noting physicians inserted rods in his back. “Too often, you hear politicians talk about having a spine of steel. I actually have one.”

It was nice of the Houston Chronicle to work the left’s “hypocrite” charge into its story about Abbott’s injury. And by “nice,” I meant to say “insidious.”

Abbott has built up a massive war chest and a highly skilled campaign staff well ahead of Sunday’s announcement. His record on issues including Second Amendment rights, abortion and pretty much everything else puts him right in the sweet spot for Texas voters. He’ll face opposition in the Texas GOP primary from former state party chairman and respected leader Tom Pauken.

On the Democratic side, the Texas Democrats haven’t won a statewide race since 1990, and no one has formally declared for that party’s gubernatorial nomination. State Sen. Wendy Davis is the only Democrat with any name recognition statewide, but she now has an opponent for her own Senate seat in Konni Burton. If the Texas Democrats hang their prospects on a failed filibuster against a bill that enjoyed widespread support across the state, coupled with the news that the Democrats’ allies tried to bring jars of feces into the capitol last week to protest against that law as it passed, they can expect their losing streak to continue. They will be following a dynamic similar to the one they followed in the Rick Perry era. The Democrats insulted him and derided him and all of his voters and supporters while they insulted and belittled the Texas economic success record. Interstates 35 and 45 are littered with the Democrat candidates and campaigns that tried and failed to defeat him.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I vote for Abbott for the same reason I voted for Cruz over Dewhurst. The best I can say about Dewhurst is that he's no worse than Boehner and Boehner has no spine, steel or otherwise.
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"The long-time attorney general has taken the Obama administration to court 27 times on cases regarding ObamaCare, upholding Texas’ popular voter ID law, and over EPA regulations aimed at Texas industries. His record on issues including Second Amendment rights, abortion and pretty much everything else puts him right..."

I would want my State to continue to prosper and even further improve its positions. I would want a Governor who would continue to champion my State's rights and successful strategies. Sounds to me like Candidate Abbott is EXCEPTIONALLY promising in these regards.

He would get my vote!
39 weeks ago
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So lets see, this guy sued a home owner for millions on what would have to be an act of nature, and in the aftermath became a crusader for limited liability settlements. Sounds like a hypocrite and an opportunist. Not the kind of character I would want to champion the cause of conservatism, limited govt. and the great state of TX.
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"Abbott sued the homeowner and a tree company that had worked in the area"

I don't know the full story but I would have to see what that tree company did and how it affected the tree that fell. It seems like the tree must have been weak and possibly should have been removed. If the home owner and the tree company saw that and did nothing then yes they should have been held liable. If a 75 foot tree fell on me and I survived I'd want to sue someone too.
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