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Wendy Davis' Wheelchair Ad Used Against Her by Greg Abbott

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 10:14 AM

Wendy Davis' wheelchair ad has drawn criticism from both sides of the political spectrum for politicizing her opponent's disability, but the man himself, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, remained calm in the face of the ugly attack.

"If she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair, that's her prerogative," Abbott told Fox News on Monday, just weeks before voters will choose between the two gubernatorial hopefuls. "As for me, I'm running a different type of campaign . . . I will focus on the future of Texas while my opponent continues to attack me."

The same day, Abbott's campaign released its own ad in response. In it, several Texas newspapers and national media outlets are quoted as saying the ad was nasty and inappropriate.

"Despite receiving near-universal condemnation from all sides of the political and media spectrum, Sen. Davis continues to defend her desperate and despicable ad," said a statement accompanying the video's release. "Sen. Davis’ decision to double down on her severe error in judgment is shameful and shows that she is unfit to be their governor."

The original attack ad aired by the Davis campaign focused on Abbott's 1984 accident in which a tree fell on him, leaving him paralyzed. He later received a $10 million settlement for the incident.

"A tree fell on Greg Abbott. He sued and got millions. Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims," says the narrator of the Davis ad. "Abbott argued a woman whose leg was amputated was not disabled because she had an artificial limb, he ruled against a rape victim who sued a corporation for failing to do a background check on a sexual predator, he sided with a hospital that failed to stop a dangerous surgeon who paralyzed patients."

In the days following the ad's airing, several publications condemned it.

Ben Dreyfuss of Mother Jones wrote, "Wendy Davis just released an ad attacking Greg Abbott, her opponent for governor in Texas, which is . . . offensive and nasty and it shouldn't exist. She's basically calling Abbott a cripple."

Similarly, Aaron Blake of The Washington Post wrote, "This ad is the sort of highly risky gambit you only see from a long-shot campaign. And, as often as not, these sorts of Hail Marys fail miserably. If it does backfire and Davis wants to run for office in the future, you can rest assured this one will stick with her."

After the media firestorm, Davis doubled-down on the video on Monday.

"After receiving justice in the form of millions of dollars from a lawsuit, Greg Abbott has built a career kicking the ladder down behind him and denying to others the very same justice that he both deserved and received," she said, according to Politico





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