Defending himself, Abbott made the claim that he is essentially handcuffed and must defend the laws passed by the Legislature.
There have been numerous instances when Attorneys General from across the country have declined to defend laws on the books in their states. A recent example was from California. Attorney General Kamala Harris refused to defend Prop 8.
Abbott is just trying to have his cake and eat it to.
In addition to playing Solomon, Abbott also admitted that he Rick Perry's lapdog. From the Dallas Morning News:
"If she were governor, would she ask her attorney general not to defend the laws passed by the Legislature?” Abbott asked. “That’s what Barack Obama asked Eric Holder to do. That’s the style of government she’s offering.”I didn't realize that Abbott got his position through an appointment. Oh wait...he didn't. He was elected independent of Rick Perry. He doesn't serve at the pleasure of the governor, he serves at the pleasure of Texans.
Question for Abbott: If Rick Perry and you were running for re-election and Perry lost to Wendy Davis, would you be her attorney general?
Followup: If she asked you to defend a law you didn't want to, would you? And if she asked you not to defend a law you wanted to, would you? I mean, in that scenario you would be her attorney general. By your logic, you would have to do what she says.