Greg Abbott, Eying Governor's Mansion, Comes Out Against 16-Year-Old Dachshunds

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott should have learned by now that running for governor requires far more caution and cunning than suing the federal government. He's already stumbled twice since mid-August, first when he took the mind-melting step of joining forces with the Obama administration in a lawsuit to block the American Airlines-U.S. Airways merger, then when he Twitter-thanked a guy for calling potential opponent Wendy Davis "Retard Barbie."

Neither of those things seems likely to do much lasting damage to his campaign. What he did today just might.

Abbott just released his official legal opinion in the case of Belle, Titus County's most famous 16-year-old dachshund. For years, the now-infirm dog has accompanied Titus County Attorney John Mark Cobern to work, but his argument that the setup was necessary for safety reasons (he cites his work with violent criminals and their propensity to "extreme acts of violence such as mass shootings") failed to convince Titus County commissioners, who voted 4-1 to ban all animals from the county courthouse.

See also: The Titus County Attorney Wants Texas Attorney General to Help Him in His Fight to Keep Bringing His Old Dachshund to Work

And so, back in March, Cobern turned to Abbott for help, asking the attorney general to issue a formal opinion declaring that commissioners had no authority to ban animals from the office of an independently elected county official. Abbott refused, siding instead with commissioners.

Maybe that's Abbott's honest interpretation of the law. Maybe he was afraid of losing the all-important rural northeast Texas vote. Still, you'd think a man of Abbott's experience would be wise enough to avoid a politically lethal alliance with the anti-16-year-old-dachshund camp.

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Texas can see through your phony canine photo ops, Greg Abbott.

You can almost hear the Wendy Davis attack ad now: "Greg Abbott: Bad for Belle. Bad for Texas."


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16 comments
John1073
John1073

Why does Abbott hate weiners?

Angie Thompson
Angie Thompson

If I walk into a shop and they have a pet, I know it's a happy place. Except of course for a restaurant...

ruddski
ruddski

Bad timing, now that Dear Leader has come out as pro-pit bull.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Serious question, is the governors new mansion wheelchair accessible, or are we going to have to spend another million to retro fit it when Abbot becomes governor?

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Remove "against 16 year old dachshunds" and you got a headline

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

This is a victory for the violent criminals of Titus County. With Belle out of the picture, it'll be open season on Attorney Cobern. And Abbott will have to answer to that. ( any video of Belle in action? it can't be pretty)

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

It being Titus county, I'm not surprised. I've all of the places I've lived in the world, Titus County is very close to the bottom of the list. It just barely beats Saudi Arabia, barely.

ruddski
ruddski

Texas is Blue Heeler country, he knows what he's doing.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Abbott, the scourge of Weiner (dogs).

gramiam44
gramiam44

@ScottsMerkin Seems the best solution would be to elect Wendy, who can stand on her feet and talk for 12 hours and has very classy running shoes!

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin Don't they usually just burn it down?  Then live in a posh hotel while the mansion is outfitted to their tastes?

John1073
John1073

And remove Abbott and replace it with Perry and it would be what we already knew.

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