AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A key Texas Democrat says he will not back Governor Greg Abbott’s embattled choice for Secretary of State, whose job is in peril over an inaccurate list of 95,000 voters flagged as possible non-U.S. citizens.
Sen. Jose Rodriguez chairs the Democratic caucus in the chamber.READ MORE: Shooting And Flipped Vehicle Results In Section Of LBJ Freeway In Balch Springs Shut Down For Hours
He said Thursday, “the damage has been done” and won’t vote to confirm newly appointed Secretary of State David Whitley.
Whitley’s job is in jeopardy over his office giving election fraud prosecutors a flawed list of voters that included U.S. citizens.READ MORE: Suspect Charged In Connection With Gas Explosion At Dallas Apartment Complex
Civil rights groups have assailed the effort as attempted voter suppression and have sued Texas in federal court.
Rodriguez’s opposition is significant because Whitley likely needs Democratic votes for Senate confirmation.
Whitley apologized last week, saying more time should have been spent vetting the list.Amid Fight Over Redistricting, Texas Legislature's 3rd Special Session Ends With Passage Of Bipartisan Bills
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