GALVESTON — Dozens of people braved the blistering July heat to listen to Attorney General Greg Abbott talk about his plans for Texas.
Abbott is the Republican nominee for governor in a race to be decided in November.
Shaking hands and telling stories, he greeted the faithful and the curious in the shadow of the charter fishing fleet adjacent to Katie’s Seafood Market, 1902 Wharf Road.
Introduced by Buddy Guindon, owner of Katie’s Seafood, Abbott spoke about his priorities for Texas.
“I want to keep our state number one in job creation, improve our educational system from pre-K through high school, build roads and secure the boarder,” he said.
“We are number one in energy, number one in jobs, and it’s time for us to be number one in educating our children.”
Speaking on the issue of Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and its weakened status, Abbott said:
“TWIA is broken. It’s underfunded, and the lawyers have taken too much.”
Texas Windstorm Insurance Association was created by the state of Texas as the insurer of last resort for wind and hail damage for property owners on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Abbott said he would put everything on the table and work to adequately fund the program that he knows affects so many coastal Texans.
Would he support legalized gaming if the legislature approved it?
“That will never come to my desk,” he said. “There’s no appetite in the legislature to support gambling.”
Abbott congratulated Galvestonians for the character it took to rebuild Galveston after Hurricane Ike, saying he had faced difficult challenges in his own life.
“I know our lives are not measured by how we are challenged but by how we respond to challenge,” he said.
He also recognized veterans and servicemen in the audience.
Abbott mentioned his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, only once. He said her campaign was being run by Obama operatives.
Abbott also said the Texas borders were being overrun by Californians who were tired of paying high taxes and dealing with too much regulation.
“They are coming to Texas to do business,” he said.
Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and grew up in Duncanville. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville. He is the 50th attorney general and the second Republican to serve in that position following Reconstruction.
He practiced law in Houston in the 1980s.