Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is blaming the Texas Department of Public Safety and its director for a flawed effort to purge non-citizens from the state voter rolls.
“The Secretary of State [David Whitley] was hamstrung by faulty information from the Department of Public Safety from the beginning and did not know that,” Abbott said on the KFYO radio program Thursday. “And so part of the fault goes to Steve McCraw, the director of the Department of Public Safety, for causing the error in the first place.”
This seems to be an effort to deflect responsibility from Whitley, whom Abbott appointed Secretary of State in December but still needs to be confirmed by the State Senate. A committee advanced his nomination Thursday, according to the story, with all 12 Democrats saying they’ll oppose him when the appointment reaches the floor.