Texas Gov. Abbott: George Soros and Democrats Are Trying to Buy Back Power

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Getty Images)
August 1, 2017

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R.) in a Tuesday op-ed accused liberals of  "trying to mess with Texas" by spending George Soros' money on redistricting efforts.

Writing in the Washington Examiner, Abbott argued that Democrats are planning to spend millions of dollars on elections. That money will go towards recovering from losing the 2016 presidential election, as well as a decade of losing at the state level, by focusing on state races and the coming congressional redistricting in 2021.

Republicans run the majority in both the House and Senate and are also the majority in both chambers in 32 states. There are also 33 states run by Republican governors. Democrats lost 12 governorships, nine Senate and 62 House seats, and more than 900 state legislative seats during Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

But that balance of power could turn towards the Democratic end of the spectrum if Democrats control the state legislatures and other partisan bodies which decide how to redistrict the House of Representatives and Electoral College in 2021, in order to represent changing population differences between states. This Abbott expects to benefit "booming conservative states such as Texas."

Abbott sees redistricting threatened by a self-identified "super group", including former President Barack Obama and other top Democrats, with a main goal of reinstating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif) as speaker. The tax-exempt PAC is headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder and, according to Abbott, aims to "fund astroturfed ballot initiatives in the guise of 'fairness.'"

This project is also aided by notorious Democratic donor George Soros. Abbott wrote that Soros has used his money to influence and meddle into elections in the past, including an instance in 2016 when he spent $11 million on local district attorney races.

"The Soros network has their sights set on re-drawing congressional districts in the Lone Star State to push their progressive agenda and turn the Texas dream into a California nightmare," Abbott wrote.

It is because of liberals like Soros and Pelosi's backers that Abbott is running for reelection as governor in 2018.

"I'm running for re-election to make sure that San Francisco liberals such as Pelosi will not be running our great state. I'm committed to preserving Texas' liberty. And I will continue to fight back against the liberal agenda that threatens the future of our nation," he wrote.