Texas Dems who fled state sue Gov. Abbott for trying to bring them back: ‘Discomfort and embarrassment’

By Emma Colton

Nearly two dozen Texas House Democrats who fled the state last month have sued Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican officials, alleging that GOP efforts to bring them back to the state Capitol for a special legislative session infringed on their constitutional rights. 

The 22 plaintiffs have been “deprived of liberty for substantial periods of time, suffered much anxiety and distress over separation from their families, and much discomfort and embarrassment,” the complaint filed late Friday alleges. 

Abbott, House Speaker Dade Phelan and State Rep. James White are all named as defendants in the case. 

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