Attorney General Greg Abbott Offended That Victor Hernandez Reportedly Called Abbott’s Wife a Political “Prop”
The Victor Hernandez press conference has become a national story. On Wednesday Hernandez held a an event at the Jimenez Bakery where he said that Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott was using “pinata” politics and that Abbott “came into our house uninvited, wanting to somehow give the illusion that the Lubbock County Hispanic Community is supportive.”
While Victor Hernandez may believe he speaks for all Hispanics in Lubbock County, the fact is Greg Abbott was invited and endorsed by Connie Jimenez, one of the owners of the Jimenez Bakery. Hernandez went on to accuse Abbott of using the bakery as a political prop.
“He’s using props, really, in my viewpoint is disrespectful to our community,” Hernandez said. “What he needs to do is go beyond the props of a background of a Mexican restaurant, and actually come to our community.”
On Friday though this story took a disturbing turn. Bryan Preston of PJ Media wrote that City Councilman Victor Hernandez called Abbott’s wife of 32 years a “prop” as well.
It turns out that Mr. Hernandez’s behavior was even worse than reported. A source tells me that in addition to the screeds above, he launched a personal attack on Abbott’s family. Cecilia Abbott, the attorney general’s wife of 31 years, is Hispanic. A source tells me that Hernandez callously dismissed her as a “prop.”
The Texas Tribune reportedly reached out to Hernandez for comment, but did not get a call or email back.
The news has gotten back to the Abbott Campaign. Days earlier Abbott sent out a tweet laughing that Democrats (Hernandez) were upset about his growing relationship to the Hispanic community.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 27, 2014
Yesterday Abbott sent another tweet after the PJ Media story broke about Hernandez reportedly calling Abbott’s wife a political prop. As you can imagine, General Abbott was not happy.
It's deeply offensive that a Democrat elected official called my Latina wife of 32 years a "prop". http://t.co/MJzjTCvSRC
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 28, 2014
If true, Victor Hernandez should be ashamed and should issue an apology now. Hernandez has been an embarrassment for Lubbock as a councilman and his district deserves better.
I shared my thoughts on the Victor Hernandez press conference on Thursday which you can listen to in full below. In short, I thought what Hernandez said was offensive and ignorant. Victor Hernandez isn’t the lone voice for Lubbock County Hispanics even though he wants to be. Given the past actions of Victor Hernandez, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he did call Abbott’s wife a prop.
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