Texas Gov. Greg Abbott endorses primary opponent of sitting state Rep. Lyle Larson


By Patrick Svitek

Gov. Greg Abbott gave his support Monday to another Republican challenging an incumbent member of the Texas House, this time backing Chris Fails in his race against Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio.

In a video released by Abbott's campaign, the Republican governor praised Fails, the Hollywood Park mayor, as an ally in Abbott's push to reform the property tax system next legislative session. 

"I know that he will work with me to advance my plan to empower Texas voters to rein in skyrocketing property taxes for the people of his district," Abbott said.

Larson, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is arguably Abbott's most outspoken critic among Republicans in the lower chamber. The two have clashed over a host of issues, including ethics reform.

Larson is the third House Republican against which Abbott has endorsed following special session where he had vowed to keep track of which members embraced his agenda — and which ones didn't. The governor backed primary challengers to state Reps. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, in November and Rep. Wayne Faircloth, R-Galveston last month. 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune

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