In what many are considering a foul move, Democratic state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has unleashed a new campaign ad that calls her opponent a hypocrite working against other people with disabilities.
Her opponent, Greg Abbott, was paralyzed from the waist down in 1984 when part of an oak tree fell on him while running. He sued the homeowner for the incident and received over $10 million.
Davis’ ad accuses the attorney general of hypocrisy for fighting against similar lawsuits after becoming the state’s top cop. Initially showing his empty wheelchair, the ad runs through a variety cases the Abbott fought against other people with disabilities. Unfortunately for the Davis campaign, the ad appears to have backfired.
The initial reaction to the ad is negative, to say the least.
As the Washington Post put it,
“This as 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… you can rest assured this one will stick with her.”
According to Politico, the response from the Abbott Campaign was even more critical.
“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. Sen. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas.”
Wendy Davis’ campaign to become governor of Texas was always a long shot.
Davis originally rose to fame in 2013, when she attempted to filibuster a bill that would put stringent limits on abortion. She leveraged that fame into winning the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas to take over after Rick Perry finishes his term this year.
Despite her headline grabbing filibuster, Davis has consistently lost in the polls. The latest taken last month showed her down nine points.
Although Wendy Davis’ current campaign may be a lost cause, the recent ad might linger on to damage the state senator’s future campaigns.
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