Wendy Davis is running ten points behind Greg Abbott in the Texas governor’s race. And this ad, where she claims Greg Abbott got rich from being paralyzed.
Sure, Abbott won a seven-figure settlement when a tree fell on him, but it also completely took his power to walk. Apparently, to Wendy Davis, the check he cashed was less a way to try to make him whole after a devastating accident that left him permanently disabled, and more of a way to pad his pocketbook a little before undertaking a life of public service. A life, by the way, Wendy Davis’s campaign seems to note was spent taking the same financial justice from everyone who came in front of him in his years as a Texas Supreme Court justice and as Texas’s Attorney General. Because if there’s anything a disabled man in public service is interested in, it’s maniacally denying people justice. Never mind that, as Attorney General (and as a Justice), Greg Abbott had to follow the letter of the law. And he’s a good candidate because he did.
Abbott’s campaign released a statement and a number of newspaper clippings disputing the rest of the ad, but it really doesn’t matter. This ad isn’t really about attacking Greg Abbott. It’s mostly about Wendy Davis exploiting the very worst of politics to take one last parting shot before she waves goodbye to her hopes of national public office as they disappear down the same abyss her credibility did.