‘Glad you finally came out of the closet’: Gov. Abbott on Texas Rep. Ryan Guillen switching parties – KXAN.com

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FLORESVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott joined Texas House Rep. Ryan Guillen, formerly a Democrat representing District 31, as Guillen announced he’d seek re-election as a Republican.
From Floresville, Texas, Abbott commended Guillen for the move, saying Democratic policies no longer represent the values of the Hispanic community in south Texas. Additionally, Abbott said: “This has been the worst kept secret at the Capitol. Everyone has known that Ryan Guillen is really a Republican who is attached to the wrong label. Ryan: we’re glad you finally came out of the closet.”
Several people in the room laughed at the comment. Modern usage of “coming out of the closet” is typically used to signify an LGBTQ person’s acknowledgement of their identity to friends and family.
“Throughout my entire career, creating a prosperous business climate, defending the second amendment, and protecting the lives of the unborn are the cornerstones of how I have represented my district,” Guillen said Monday. “After much consideration and prayer with my family, I feel that my fiscally conservative, pro-business, and pro-life values are no longer in-step with the Democrat Party of today, and I am proudly running as a Republican to represent House District 31.”
Guillen’s campaign says the representative’s voting record was the most conservative of any elected Democrat in the state House in 2021, according to a Rice University survey.
Guillen said in his announcement that he stands against “Washington D.C. Democrats” values, including “defunding the police, destroying the oil and gas industry, and opening our border has disastrous consequences for those of us who live in south Texas.”
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TAYLOR, Texas (Austin Business Journal) — Technology giant Samsung Electronics Co. has yet to announce a final decision about where it will put its $17 billion chipmaking plant, though there’s new evidence the South Korea-based company may be crossing prospective cities off its list, including Austin.
An application originally filed in January for Chapter 313 incentives from Manor Independent School District — tied to a proposal to locate the factory near Samsung’s existing facility in North Austin — has been removed from the state comptroller’s website. Kevin Lyons, a spokesperson for the comptroller’s office, confirmed that the application was withdrawn last week.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns dropped to No. 8 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll after a 1-1 week with a loss at No. 1 Gonzaga.
The Longhorns dropped from their preseason ranking of No. 5 while the top three teams further cemented their places in the poll. Gonzaga, UCLA, Kansas, Michigan and Villanova make up the top five.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Public Health is working to expand its school vaccine clinics this week, prioritizing ages 5-11.
One of those clinics took place Monday at Cele Middle School. It’s the first vaccine clinic for those ages 5-11 the Pflugerville Independent School District has hosted on one of its campuses, the district said.

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