AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Harvey’s devastation is testing two Texas leaders whose personal styles are as divergent as their politics.
Houston Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner is a former longtime state lawmaker who made a career of impassioned defenses of liberal legislation that had no hope of passing the GOP-controlled Legislature. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott sets the agenda in his deep red state using a measured, lawyerly demeanor.
The two already have clashed over conflicting instructions on whether to evacuate Houston ahead of Harvey’s deadly floods, and there could be more tension coming. It underscores the rift between Texas’ big cities, which are almost all Democrat-run, and the Republican-dominated Legislature and statewide offices.
Still, Turner and Abbott will have to work together, along with the Trump administration, to recover from the heaviest tropical downpour in U.S. history — despite deep ideological differences.
“Adverse circumstances always bring out true nature — and the more severe, the truer the nature,” said Bill Miller, a veteran Texas political consultant who has worked for Democrats and Republicans.
Abbott uncharacteristically seized the spotlight last week as Harvey was nearing his state’s Gulf Coast. He said Houston residents “should strongly consider evacuating” even if not told to do so …read more
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