Republicans in Travis County, Texas are lambasting the dozens of Democrats who fled their state earlier this week and traveled to Washington, DC to avoid voting on an election integrity bill.
Texas House Democrats have been engaged in performance theater for weeks, claiming Gov. Abbott was putting lives at risk by reopening the state’s economy and giving up the full-scale mask mandate state, “Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak told Fox News. “Then they flew to DC in a private jet filled with Miller Lite without masks, in violation of FAA rules, and now that prank has turned into a super spreading event.”
TEXAS DEMOCRATS “LEAD” ON BILL ON VOTING RIGHTS, TESTS POSITIVE COVID A “GIMMICK”, SAYS STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Mackowiak was referring to news on Saturday morning that three of the Democrats who fled the state capital in Austin have tested positive for the coronavirus and must now self-isolate for ten days, further delaying their return to the state of Lone Star.
Fugitive lawmakers have been widely relayed on social networks for posing without a mask in a photo on a private jet heading to Washington and many have pointed out that several of those Democrats have criticized the relaxation of mask mandates. Several of the lawmakers who made the trip criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for lifting coronavirus restrictions, including the mask’s warrant.
Some, including Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain, have even suggested that Democrats using the coronavirus as a political ploy.
“I say prove it,” Cain told Fox News on Saturday. “I think that’s an excuse to avoid coming back. They want a reason to do a 14 day quarantine; they don’t want to come back and do their job. If they really have it, prove it.”
IRONY IN THE “CUT AND RUN” TACTICS OF THE DEMOCRATS OF TEXAS
Cain, and many other Republicans, accused fleeing Democratic lawmakers of hypocrisy and criticized them for ignoring their work responsibilities at home while fleeing the state.
“While these Democrats are walking around, drinking beer and contracting COVID, we have been busy putting thousands of North Texans in touch with jobs for their future,” said Republican Congressman Beth Van Duyne from Texas, told Fox News.
While in Washington, Democrats in Texas met with their party members on Capitol Hill and told media the controversial bill would take away voting rights.
Republicans across the state disagree, including Cain who argued the opposite is true.
“Anyone who reads it realizes that it doesn’t criminalize mistakes, it expands access to the vote, it increases hours and protects our elections,” Cain said. “That’s it.”
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Texas Democrats have not hinted when they will return to Texas to allow a quorum vote on the bill. Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, a Republican, announced earlier this week that he was charter a plane
for his fellow Liberals and urged them all to “get a seat” as soon as possible.
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