The day before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special session for the Texas Legislature, he revealed his disdain for Austin at a Bell County event.
According to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman, Abbott attended the Bell County Republican Party Dinner at the Bell County Expo Center outside of Austin. There, he told a crowd, "As I was coming up here from Austin, Texas, tonight, I got to tell you, it's great to be out of the People's Republic of Austin," the Statesman said.
"Once you cross the Travis County line, it starts smelling different," Abbott said, according to the Statesman. "And you know what that fragrance is? Freedom. It's the smell of freedom that does not exist in Austin, Texas."
For Austin Mayor Steve Adler, those were some fightin' words.
"The air in Austin is actually pretty sweet with an unemployment rate that is a point lower than the state's, a lower violent crime rate than the state's," Adler said at a press conference following Abbott's announcement of a special session. "And the air is sweet with tacos."
Adler said he feels the special session is a "call for a war against cities -- a fight against individual liberties exposed at the ballot box."
"Now as I look at the special call my thought was the legislature just considered these things for five months," Adler said at the press conference. "They worked hard for five months. They reached the laws that the legislature thought felt were appropriate for five months, and that wasn't good enough either. So to me, I listened to the call, and I was dumbfounded."