By Valerie Reddell
WOODVILLE — Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Woodville on Sept. 27 to attend a fish and shrimp dinner hosted by Lonnie and Jill Grissom, Jimmie Cooley, Gil Tubb and Cheri Woodard at the Grissom's beautiful ranch just outside Woodville.
Among the crowd of invited guests were many elected officials from throughout East Texas and supporters of his bid for a second term as Governor.
Abbott delivered a stump speech in which he vowed to continue to uphold the values that those who live "behind the Pine Curtain" hold dear.
After his remarks, Abbott met with attendees individually and in small groups, posing for photos with many of them.
Abbott spoke about the need for the state to step in to provide border security for the safety of Texans.
When asked about how the additional state police who have been assigned in the border region in the last couple years would be able to enforce federal laws about illegal border crossings, the governor pivoted to a discussion on sanctuary cities.
In response to comments from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner publicized earlier that day, Abbott told the Tyelr County Booster that the state has access to adequate funding to assist Houston and the rest of the area of the state impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
"And Mr. Turner knows that from his experience as a former legislator," Abbott said. He said Turner's request to call a special session and use money from the Rainy Day fund was unnecessary.
"I have pledged to deliver a check on any invoice presented within 10 days," Abbott said.