AP Interview: Abbott unsure of Perry's job funds

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 9:06 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is signaling unease with Gov. Rick Perry's signature job-creation programs and believes a prosecutorial office is needed to continue investigating state corruption.

It was among the sharpest contrasts that Abbott, the Texas attorney general, has made against his longtime GOP ally in his bid for Perry's seat.

Abbott told The Associated Press on Monday that Texas needs to cease "picking winners and losers" in business. He stopped short of saying he would end the Texas Enterprise Fund and Emerging Technology Fund.

But asked if the programs have been successful, Abbott declined to assess the impact.

Abbott says the state also needs a public integrity unit. Perry stripped funding for the office after the Travis County district attorney refused to resign following a drunken driving arrest.

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