With more people than it could hold, the packed crowd at Goode’s Armadillo Palace on Kirby didn’t mind the nearly one hour wait for the man many believe will be the GOP candidate for Governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Just like she did when he kicked off his campaign in San Antonio the day before, Audrey Abbott introduced her father.
“Daughters love to brag on their Dads, and I am no exception. My Dad is always there for me, whether it’s taking me to school, helping me with homework or just making me laugh. He dresses up on Halloween in some outrageous outfits, like an Army tank … or a grocery cart.”
A freak accident while jogging in 1984 put the 55 year old Abbott in a wheel chair with permanent paralysis. In the past he rarely spoke about his injury, but now includes it in his campaign.
“My wife, she stood by my side through the toughest period in our lives. For better for worse, in sickness and in health, but it is awe-inspiring to see someone live up to and embrace those vows. Thank you Cecilia, for doing just that.”
Abbott said the accident taught him the true meaning of perseverance, and says his experience as Attorney General will help him run Texas with a deeply divided electorate and legislature.
“After my accident, as I went on to become a judge, Supreme Court justice and now Attorney General, I realize that our lives don’t have to be defined by how we’re challenged, instead we get to define our lives by how we respond to the adversity we face. Texans may get knocked down, but we always get right back up.”
No Democrat has yet to announce for governor, and the only other announced candidate is former Texas Republican Party chairman Tom Pauken, but with nearly $23 million dollars in his war chest, political pundits see Abbott as the man to beat.