On Friday October 10th, Wendy Davis-- Democratic candidate for Texas governor-- released an ad attacking her Republican rival, the current Texas governor Greg Abbott. The ad begins with a black and white image of a wheelchair, and informs viewers that--
“A tree fell on Greg Abbott. He sued and got millions. Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims. 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. Greg Abbott: he’s not for you.”
The ad was only shown in select spots in Texas, but has since sparked a nationwide debate. Some feel that bringing up her opponent’s disability in an attack ad is “tasteless” and “underhanded.” Republican chairman Steve Munisteri said it was “easily the most offensive and despicable ad” he had seen in his political career.
Others feel there’s nothing wrong with the ad. After all, Davis is attacking Abbott for his politics, not for having a disability. Davis herself went on to defend the ad at a press conference. “[Abbott is] denying to others the very same justice he both deserved and received,” said Davis. “This ad is about one thing and one thing only. It’s about Greg Abbott’s hypocrisy.”
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