Gov. Greg Abbott wrote the millionaire former congressman to request that Farenthold pay for the special election costs himself.
Farenthold’s response? Nope.
That has left the burden on the financially strapped counties that make up the 27th Congressional District. County officials say expenses associated with a special election are forcing them to reach into their contingency funds — accounts set up to cover government emergencies — or significantly downsize their operations.
“The governor shares the frustrations of the District in having to pay for a special election for a disgraced ex-congressman whose final act was to stick taxpayers with the bill at the worst possible time,” wrote Abbott’s deputy press secretary Mac Walker in an email. “Texans in the 27th Congressional District deserve better representation, something they have severely lacked in Washington D.C. for far too long.”
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