The wheels might be coming off Wendy Davis’ campaign.
The campaign of Greg Abbott, a paraplegic running for governor of Texas as a Republican, is decrying the Democrat’s “disgusting” new television ad that uses his wheelchair against him.
Davis’ new ad, Justice, references the 1984 accident that paralyzed Abbott, while showing a photo of a wheelchair. “A tree fell on Greg Abbott,” the narrator says. “He sued and got millions.”
The ad then cites legal cases Abbott was involved in. “Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims,” the narrator says.
“Abbott argued a woman whose leg was amputated was not disabled because she had an artificial limb,” the narrator continues. “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.”
Responding to the ad, Abbott spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said: “It is challenging to find language strong enough to condemn Sen. Davis’ disgusting television ad, which represents a historic low for someone seeking to represent Texans.”
The Abbott campaign said the ad “recycles debunked claims.”
“Sen. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician, and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas,” Chasse said.
Davis is launching the ad as most polls show Abbott leading in the polls by double digits. The RealClearPolitics polling average has Abbott up 11 points.