Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus and thousands of Democratic activists across the state sent former, acting Secretary of State David Whitley to pack up his belongings and vacate the Texas Secretary of State’s office.
This is a major loss for Governor Abbott and his Republican Party, as Mr. Whitley is the first gubernatorial nominee in modern Texas legislative history to have his appointment blocked by the opposition party.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Texas Democrats will not tolerate attacks on the voting rights of Texans, and Governor Abbott should take note.
“David Whitley proved he wasn’t fit for the job the second he launched his failed effort to purge eligible Texas voters from the voting rolls.
“The Texas Democratic Party thanks Texas Senate Democrats and voting rights activists for keeping a watchful eye on Republicans who sought to scare, confuse, and intimidate Texans from participating in their democracy. We are so proud of your uncompromising will and determination to protect our right to vote.
“It was long overdue for David Whitley to vacate his office and now it’s time for Governor Abbott to appoint a new Secretary of State who will respect our democracy and our great state.”