Abbott's no true conservative, Pauken claims

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Associated Press

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 11:06 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' only officially declared 2014 gubernatorial candidate says he needs $2-plus million to viably compete in the GOP primary.

Former state Republican Party chairman Tom Pauken told reporters Tuesday that he has raised "several hundred thousand dollars" to start. He's still considered a longshot.

Gov. Rick Perry has announced he's not running, clearing the way for longtime Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to cruise to victory in the Republican primary in March.

Abbott has $18-plus million in campaign funds, but hasn't yet declared his candidacy.

Pauken said Abbott wasn't a true conservative and that the governorship shouldn't be decided by "divine right" or "which Republican you chose to move up the ladder."

He added that Abbott got huge donations from law firms who will want favors from the governor's mansion.

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