Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Democratic Party launched digital ads about Greg Abbott’s abysmal record on keeping Texans safe during this coronavirus pandemic.
Texas had a record 5,551 new cases yesterday and has had 13 straight days in a row with rising coronavirus hospitalizations.
From day one of this crisis, Abbott refused to take the lead and mandate common-sense policies to curb the spread of coronavirus. He was late in shutting down Texas, closing schools, and increasing testing and passed off the responsibility of governing to overwhelmed and understaffed county and local leaders.
Next, he prematurely put Texans at risk, against the guidelines of the CDC, White House, or even members of his own task force. He listened to his wealthy donors and lobbyists over experts and medical professionals. He continued to prematurely lift safety precautions and ignore the data and doctors and experts who told him that his actions would lead to a second wave.
Finally, he refused to mandate common-sense mask strategies and still refuses to give any concrete policy prescriptions for the rising coronavirus cases in the state.
Texas Democratic Party Senior Brand Director Brittany Switzer issued the following statement:
“Greg Abbott has failed Texas. That’s why today, the Texas Democratic Party launched digital ads exposing Abbott’s abysmal record for all Texans to see. The record-breaking number of COVID-19 cases today and the fact that Texas has seen 12-straight days of record hospitalizations is because of Greg Abbott’s failure to lead. Texans are suffering. We’re seeing the catastrophic results of Abbott’s failures.
“It’s time to send a message to Trump and Abbott by electing Democrats across the state in November.”