4

Wendy Davis Didn't Actually Mock Greg Abbott for Being Paralyzed

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

When campaign fundraising totals for the Texas governor's race were announced on Tuesday, Wendy Davis' team celebrated that their $12.2 million haul bested Greg Abbott's $11.5 million. Abbott's team accused her of "fuzzy math" for counting $3.5 million donated to the Texas Victory Committee, which splits its funds between the Davis campaign and the turn-Texas-blue group Battleground Texas, as part of her grand total.

The real score, they said, was Abbott $11.5 million, Davis $8.7 million.

This morning, Fox News contributor and conservative pundit Erick Erickson cut through the arcane and kind of boring fundraising debate to deliver a more salacious bit of news about the Texas governor's race: "Wendy Davis's Campaign Mocks Greg Abbott for Being Paralyzed."

Given the close relationship between the Davis campaign and Battleground Texas, holding one to account for the actions of the other is fair game. But would Battleground Texas, which is run by seasoned political operatives who worked on President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, really be so stupid as to make fun of Abbott, who was paralyzed at the age of 26 when an oak tree fell on him while jogging, for being in a wheelchair?

See also: Wendy Davis Is Hot, So the Right Thinks She's a "Surgically Constructued Human Barbie Doll"

No. Erickson's evidence is a Townhall.com column taking issue with an October 2013 email blast from Battleground Texas.

"Greg Abbott walks into a house in El Paso and says, 'There is nobody in the state of Texas who has done more to fight to help women than I have in the past decade,'" the email begins. "Great joke, right?"

The joke, as the rest of the email makes clear, is not about Abbott walking. It's that, despite his claim to be battling for women, "Abbott has tried to defund women's health clinics across the state. He refuses to say whether he supports equal pay legislation. He thanked a supporter who tweeted deeply offensive remarks about Senator Wendy Davis. And he compared Planned Parenthood to a terrorist organization."

In other words, Battleground Texas -- and, by extension, Davis' campaign -- is guilty of dumb word choice but innocent of anything more nefarious. That said, when attacking Abbott, they would be wise to avoid any verbs implying physical action.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.