One of dozens of the Texas Democratic lawmakers who left the Lone Star State last week in order to prevent the passage of a controversial election bill likened Gov. Greg Abbott’s threat to have them arrested upon their return to the pursuit of escaped slaves prior to the Civil War.
“We refuse to be a hostage, to remain a hostage within the state of Texas,” State Rep. Senfronia Thompson said at a news conference in Alexandria, Va. Friday. “And I know that there are search warrants out for us. I’m ready to be arrested. What do you do to a slave if you don’t do nothing but arrest them when they flee?
“We fled Texas,” Thompson went on, “and if they want to arrest me, go ahead. I’m ready to be arrested.”
At least 51 members of the Texas House of Representatives and nine state senators took wing to DC to deny the House a quorum during the