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The Lubbock Chapter of Tejano Democrats, led by Councilman Victor Hernandez, spoke at the same bakery on Wednesday that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott spoke to voters at on Tuesday along his campaign trail for governor.
"Yesterday, Greg Abbott came into our house uninvited," Hernandez said. "Wanting to somehow give the illusion that the Lubbock County Hispanic Community is supportive."
On Tuesday, Abbott introduced his wife of 32 years, who happens to be a Latina.
"When I take the oath of office as your next governor, history will be made in the state of Texas," Abbott said. "Because at that time, my wife will be the first Latina first lady in the history of the great state of Texas."
"I don't really want to say a whole lot about his wife, because this really isn't about his wife. It's about her husband," Hernandez said.
Hernandez said the issues Abbott raised, and his tone, do not come off well to the Lubbock Hispanic Community.
"He's using props, really, in my viewpoint is disrespectful to our community," Hernandez said. "What he needs to do is go beyond the props of a background of a Mexican restaurant, and actually come to our community."
"You know, it's funny. I see it the other way. I see Victor Hernandez continually using race as a prop," Lubbock County Republican Party Chairman Carl Tepper said. "I think it's sad, I think it's uncalled for. I think we live in a great community in Lubbock, Texas. I think it's time to shed all these issues about race. I think it's time that we work together as a community, black, white, hispanic or other, and move forward with a positive attitude into our future."
Hernandez said the Latino community wants to be treated respectfully, fairly and sincerely.
"What issues, community issues specifically, would you have liked to see him address better? Or all candidates, for that matter," a reporter asked Hernandez. "Well on the state level, we're really talking a myriad of issues. Immigration being a big one, education being another big one," Hernandez answered.
"And I will also focus on improving our education in our schools," Abbott said. "I will secure our border, keeping people in this state safe."
Tepper was listening to Abbott's speech in person.
"Yeah, he focused on immigration, border security, education, which has been affecting Hispanics disproportionately," Abbott said.
Hernandez also gave advice to the Attorney General: "See me as a person, see me as a human being, see me as a fellow Texan."
"The approach being taken by the Texas Republican Party towards the Hispanic Community is beyond any sense of decency," Hernandez said.
"What I've seen, in that speech, it seems like a stunt from Victor Hernandez and his folks," Tepper said. "They know that they're overwhelmed by Republicans in this county."