Abbott Visit Seen As Opportunity For Region To Have Voice In Next Governor’s Vision

Abbott Visit Seen As Opportunity For Region To Have Voice In Next Governor’s Vision
By Ty Johnson
McAllen Monitor

One week after Cameron County emerged as one of 19 counties in the state to support his opponent, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott was in Brownsville making good on his plans to collaborate with Rio Grande Valley leaders on a slate of projects across the region.

Democratic lawmakers sat on either side of Abbott during an economic roundtable discussion held by the Brownsville Economic Development Council.

Abbott’s Tuesday visit marked his first official event since the Nov. 4 election that swept him into office with nearly 60 percent of the vote statewide.

Abbott was a regular in South Texas during his campaign despite the area’s history as a Democratic stronghold. That outreach now has local leaders optimistic that he will work to erase the perception of the Valley as a remote area far from the government buildings of Austin.

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