Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Monday afternoon that due to Major League Baseball’s response to Georgia’s recently passed voting law, he will not be in Texas as scheduled. The State Rangers lost their first shot in the home opener.
“I have been looking forward to casting the first game in the first game of the Texas Rangers until @MLB adopted a false narrative about Georgia’s electoral law reform. It is shameful that American pastimes are influenced by partisan politics. “,” the Republican governor wrote on Twitter.
Abbott said in a separate statement that he will not “participate in major league baseball games, and New York State will not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other major league special games.”
Last Friday, Major League Baseball announced that in response to a new Georgia law, this summer’s All-Star Game will move out of Atlanta, which makes civil rights organizations worry about its potential to restrict voting rights for people of color.
Commissioner Rob Manfred (Rob Manfred), after discussing with individual major leagues and player leagues (player leagues), decided to move the All-Star Game and tournaments and amateur picks from Atlanta to Atlanta.
Last month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp passed a comprehensive bill backed by the Republican Party that includes new restrictions on mail-in voting and greater legislative control over how elections are conducted. The bill also prohibits volunteers from distributing food and water to voters waiting in line. The bill was finalized on March 25 and is about 15 miles from Truist Park.
The new voting law was introduced after the first Democratic victory in a generation of Georgia’s presidential and Senate elections. The incident triggered repeated unconfirmed assertions by former President Donald Trump that the state’s elections were fraudulent. of. Supporters of this new law say that it is just to ensure the integrity of the election and to prevent potential fraud, while critics describe it as a strategy to suppress voters, which will make minorities, especially people of color, more important. It is difficult to vote because it reduces the number of votes. Access to urban communities that tend to the Democratic Party.
In a statement on Monday, Abbott condemned Major League Baseball for “perpetuating false political narratives.”
After scoring 1-2 in the opening road game against the Kansas Royals, the Rangers will return to the global crowd on Monday afternoon for their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Globe Life Field.
This report uses information from ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.