Saturday’s Drudge Report went all the way to the big star state to focus on the nasty gubernatorial race between Democrat candidate Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott. Drudge featured the Politico article about Senator Wendy Davis’ latest television ad using an empty wheelchair to label her paralyzed rival for the Texas governor’s seat as a hypocrite. The Drudge headline read, “Wendy gets nasty with wheelchair ad.”
The Davis video ad follows a September Abbott ad detailing his struggle to learn to gain strength following an accident when ans oak tree fell on him. Davis’ ad details how Abbott benefited from a lawsuit regarding the fallen tree leaving him partially paralyzed back in 1884. Abbott’s homeowner lawsuit was settled for $10 million.
However, the ad then references how Abbott, in his positions serving Texas as either attorney general or state Supreme Court justice, worked to limit the amounts future Texas victims could be awarded for their accidents. Against the background of the empty wheelchair, a voice is grimly heard charging, “A tree fell on Greg Abbott. He sued and got millions. Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims.”
In addition, the ad mentions three other cases with which Abbott was involved. According to the Davis ad, Abbott’s office fought against an woman claiming a disability because her leg was amputated by saying a prosthetic limb kept her from fitting that category.
In an another case that was eventually ruled in the victim’s favor, the ad tied Abbott to a case in which a door-to-door Kirby salesman raped a woman in her home. According to an earlier account of that suit by the Dallas Morning News, Abbott’s office defended the employer, saying it was not responsible for the crime of the salesman. The third case cited by the Davis ad damned Abbot for the defense a hospital during a lawsuit involving a doctor whose surgeries were “botched.”
Abbott spokeswoman Amelia Chasse quickly fired back:
“It is challenging to find language strong enough to condemn Senator Davis’ disgusting television ad, which represents a historic low for someone seeking to represent Texans. Senator. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas.”
Texas politics and politicians have been frequently and prominently showcased on the Drudge Report. The story of Wendy Davis’ unsuccessful campaign to prevent new Texas laws regarding abortion clinics made the Drudge Report banner and catapulted her to national attention as a Democrat star on the rise. Currently polls show she has little chance of closing a nearly ten percent gap to win the Texas governorship.