Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is heading to Fort Worth

Gov. Greg Abbott
Gov. Greg Abbott rmallison@star-telegram.com

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will be in Fort Worth on Sunday for the latest stop on his book tour.

Abbott on Wednesday kicked off his 19-city tour, traveling around the state and signing copies of his book, Broken But Unbowed, which tells the story about how he never gave up after being paralyzed — and why the Constitution needs to be amended.

Abbott has used a wheelchair since he was paralyzed in 1984, after being hit by a falling tree while jogging.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, he will sign copies of his book at the Ridgmar Mall-area Half Price Books, 475 Sherry Lane, in Fort Worth.

Republican gains?

Republicans are determined to find some redemption this year.

In this year’s June 23 annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game against the Democrats, that is.

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, told Roll Call that 2016 may be the Republicans’ year to end the Democrats’ seven-game winning streak.

“I think that we’ve got a really good chance to win this year,” said Williams, whose district stretches from Tarrant County to Austin. “We have a really good pitching staff. We’ve always hit the ball. So if we can run, catch and throw, we’re gonna win.

“We’re gonna win.”

‘I wish I didn’t do it’

It set off the “war of the wives.”

New York billionaire Donald Trump re-tweeted a very unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz, wife of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, alongside a very glamorous photo of his wife, Melania Trump. The caption read, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

The March 23 tweet set off a firestorm between the campaigns, and Trump later seemed to say it was a mistake — twice — to The New York Times in separate interviews. Until he said he didn’t.

In the most recent interview, the presumptive GOP nominee spoke May 17 with Fox’s Megyn Kelly on her new show, Megyn Kelly Presents, and denied that he said it was a mistake. “I said I could have done without it,” said Trump. “I’m not walking it back.”

While not willing to say he had made a mistake, he did say, “I wish I didn’t do it.”

“The thing that gets me in trouble is retweets. The retweet is really more of a killer. The tweets, I seem to do pretty well with,” said Trump, a frequent Twitter user.

Down on the farm

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess has been identified with Lewisville for decades.

He had his ob-gyn medical practice there and lived in a cool house designed by his architect wife.

So it was something of a shocker to learn that he doesn’t live there anymore. It turns out that a year ago Burgess decamped to the country, to a hay ranch that he had purchased some years before.

“Remember the drought in 2011?” he said. “I couldn’t get hay for my horses.”

Burgess and his wife, Laura, who have two horses, bought a farm near Pilot Point in Denton County to have a hay supply. They built a structure on the property with a small apartment but are now “building a bigger house,” he said.

And the country doctor likes the country life, answering an enthusiastic “yes” when asked about his new lifestyle.

“We severely downsized,” said the grandfather of two. “But after 43 years of marriage we’re still together.”

So, from now on, the Star-Telegram will identify the congressman as U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point.

Upcoming political dates

Tuesday: Texas primary runoff election

June 16-18: Texas Democratic Party state convention in San Antonio

July 18-21: 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

July 25-28: 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

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