Ever wonder who the Texas governor and other statewide elected officials are talking to and meeting with in Washington? We did.

Come look at what @tombenning and @stephanierlamm found out:

"Hello, Washington? It’s Texas"

#txlege

dallasnews.com/news/2018-elec…
The vast majority of those interactions happen outside the public’s view. So we used open records requests to get the official schedules for Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and others.
While not all meeting details or activities are recorded, even an incomplete look makes clear that these Texans are enjoying easy access in President Donald Trump’s Washington.
.@GregAbbott_TX alone has had scores of interactions with top brass in both the administration and on Capitol Hill since Trump took office in January 2017. That includes 19 calls, meetings or appearances with Trump.
Those ties could be key in the November election.

Abbott’s camp sees the bond as a plus. His opponent, @LupeValdez, sees the cozy relationship between Abbott and Trump as a negative, saying Abbott has put special interests over average Texans.

dallasnews.com/news/2018-elec…
Check out our database to explore more about top Texas officials’ interactions with their federal counterparts – both in D.C. and back home in the Lone Star State. interactives.dallasnews.com/2018/texas-mee…

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