Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today, Tuesday, June 4 praised a federal court decision overturning a federal emergency rule that shortened the red snapper recreational fishing season in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a news release from the Texas Attorney General’s Office today.
Abbott, who may run for governor if Rick Perry decides not to in the upcoming election, said, “This is the latest example of the federal government getting slapped down for illegal, overreaching regulations. This is a big win for Texas fishermen, jobs along the Gulf Coast and……most importantly…..the rule of law.”
The Texas attorney general went on to criticize the Commerce Department for attempting to punish the Lone Star State because federal bureaucrats disagreed with state rules about fishing in state waters.
The federal district court in its opinion, said that the U.S. Commerce Department’s actions were “ludicrous, totally unacceptable and amounted to the federal government telling the states that if you do something we don’tlike, we will punish your citizens.”
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the state agency responsible for protecting Texas’ fish and wildlife resources, predicted that the proposed federal action could have amounted to a loss of as much as $1 million per day for each day the federal red snapper season was shortened.
Reports have indicated that while Abbott is interested in pursuing the governor’s job he has a gentleman’s agreement with Perry he will not run against him.
Speculation from Austin is that Perry is seriously considering a presidential run in 2016. The Lone Star State’s governor was leading the polls during the Republican primary season in 2012 at one point before former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney ultimately prevailed.
Perry has been recently occupied by the Texas legislative session.
Some political pundits have said Perry may make a decision as early as the end of the special session.
He has not yet clarified whether he will resign the governorship if he does decide to take another shot at the White House.
Perry could possibly face Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Mitch Romney among others in the next presidential race before facing Democratic nominee-in-waiting Hillary Clinton in 2016. Romney had said he was leaving politics before a recent meeting in Utah in which he invited luminaries across the political stratum which revived thoughts he may run again.
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