A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee official falsely accused Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a now-deleted tweet of being involved in the major college bribery scandal.
Operation Varsity Blues, an investigation by the FBI, led to the indictment of celebrities, billionaires, and college athletic coaches for allegedly participating in a massive fraud scheme that ensured unqualified students could gain admission to several top-tier universities.
One individual named in the indictment is Gregory Abbott, who resides with his wife, Marcia, in New York City and Aspen, Colorado. Abbott is described as the “founder and chairman of a packaging company for the food and beverage industry, and the former chairman and CEO of a private-label clothing manufacturer.”
Despite the fact that Gov. Abbott lives in Texas and his wife’s name is Cecilia, the DCCC’s Director of National Candidate Services Tayhlor Coleman claimed the Abbott listed in the indictment must be the same man as the Texas governor.
“Maybe if Gov. @GregAbbott_TX spent less time dog whistling about brown people voting he could’ve helped his kid prepare for the SATs instead of BRIBING their way into college,” Coleman wrote. “What an embarrassment.”
Coleman has since deleted the tweet, but the National Republican Congressional Committee posted a screenshot for posterity.
.@DCCC‘s Director of National Candidate Services just deleted this tweet. We hate to speculate, but it is probably because she realized Texas Governor @GregAbbott_TX doesn’t live in New York City, isn’t 68 years old, and doesn’t have a wife named Marcia. https://t.co/xtn8gJklSa pic.twitter.com/cryAC7DPhk
— NRCC (@NRCC) March 12, 2019
Abbott’s office did not return a request for comment.