Texas Gov. Abbott’s Move to Align With DeSantis Backfires After a Year of Imitating Cuomo, Newsom

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It’s likely Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was trying to liken himself to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a fellow Republican and rising star within their party, when he announced this week that he was lifting his state’s restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately for Abbott, the move had the opposite effect among many critics, who took the opportunity to accuse him of trying to merely look like DeSantis after he governed more like Democratic Governors Gavin Newsom (CA) and Andrew Cuomo (NY).

The development came after Abbott’s March 2 announcement that he was ending a statewide mask mandate in Texas and lifting economic restrictions related to the pandemic. “Too many Texans have been
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