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

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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?

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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.

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hotdogthatshit
hotdogthatshit

they woulda caught shit if they put "Greg Abbot rolls into a house in El Paso."  Who cares, a stupid asshole is a stupid asshole, chair with wheels or not.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

If you have to explain why you weren't really making fun of a cripple, you've already lost the argument.

John1073
John1073

It's a fair slip to say he "walked". Until a few months ago, I didn't even know he was in a wheelchair, and I consider myself above average on the political scene knowledge. Abbott has done a great job of keeping out of the public eye, as he "sat" in his AG office, denying people their rights to sue others, when he in fact made his millions from just that.

Threeboys
Threeboys

I fully support any Republican over Abortion Barbie, but it took me 3 looks to figure out what may be offensive about the headline.

All political biases aside, I can't imagine any organization manned by intelligent people ( regardless about how I feel about their message) who would pen a headline like that with intent about a crippled opponent. Maybe I'm naive

roo_ster
roo_ster

Holding the Dems to their own standards is pretty funny.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

so Erickson should be OK with the headline "Fox News hacks into Royal's and Milley Dower's phones", as we all know that Fox News is owned by the same org that owned the News of the World, which did the phone hacking.

or better yet, how about a headline that is just as disingenious as Erick is being, saying "Erick Erickson hacks phones" for Erick is compensated by the same org that owned the paper that hacked the phones....

Daniel
Daniel

It's hardly surprising an oak tree would fall while jogging; they're not built for such activity. So this particular tree was foolhardy, but, to its credit, brave -- it didn't even make a sound.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Oh goody - election year. Said NO.ONE.EVER except for all the pyschos running. ALL

pak152
pak152

this reads like a politifact article which twists and turns to point out something different

jmckee3
jmckee3

You mean the guy that among his constant stream of idiotic and offensive comments called Davis "Abortion Barbie"?


This is his job, he exists to profit off of feeding the right wing outrage machine, he shouldn't be taken seriously by anyone on anything.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

If they had said "..rolls into a house..." they would have received the same condemnation from the wingnuts.

It don't matter.

dingo
dingo

Battleground Texas, which is run by seasoned political operatives who worked on President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, would also not be so stupid as to have Wendy Davis attend any Obama appearance in Texas.

So these outsiders are now campaigning for someone they don't want anywhere near someone they previously campaigned for.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

I have tried several times to mock Gregg Abbott for being crippled, but my editors cut me off at the knees every time.

James080
James080

Damn.....eleven more months of this type of half baked bullshit from republicrats and their minions, all squabbling over which corrupt politicians will win the right to take part of the money we earn and redirect it to their supporters, friends and family.

jesdynf
jesdynf

If there's anything funnier in the whole goddamn world than Erick Erickson, Champion of Special Needs, I haven't encountered it today.

John1073
John1073

Clearly you're naive enough to call someone Abortion Barbie.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz hey myrnie, I heard it was so cold in the NE that democrats were actually spotted with their hands in their own pockets! I dont care who you are, that right there is funny (yeah, i heard it somewhere else)

Threeboys
Threeboys

Oh, lots of us call her Abortion Barbie. That's the only reason anyone outside of her district has heard of her

pak152
pak152

@jmckee3well she is a one-trick pony abortion is all she is really known for. I guess you were okay with Palin being called Caribou Barbie?

Anon
Anon

Jim, you didn't just say that. We can't take you anywhere these days! What would your wife say???

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@JimSXI would feel sorry for Mr. Abbott if he were not such a hypocrite.  If he were to suffer the same injury today, he would not have received anywhere near the settlement that he received back then due to the tort reforms that he managed to get implemented.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@James080

Hey now, we as voters are entitled to this floor show. 

What else do we get?

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

@jesdynfEver get the impression that Eric was regularly beaten after class in high school by a girl in a wheelchair, and he's trying to get even for having his arm twisted until he squealed like a pig?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin  Better: Governor Chris Christie has become the GOP's elephant in the room with his very own "Fat and Furious" scandal.

SaintJason
SaintJason

I prefer to call her Mrs. Anti-1st Amendment.  Some of us won't try to forget her suing the FW Star-Telegram for calling her out on a sleazy campaign.

observist
observist topcommenter

@pak152@jmckee3 "Caribou Barbie" shows some wit - rhymes with "Malibu Barbie" and actual Barbie doll, is relevant Palin's home state, and is not inherently provocative.  If they called Palin "School Shooting Barbie" it would be on the level of "Abortion Barbie" - i.e. not funny, just rude.

jmckee3
jmckee3

@pak152 Liberals are not mocking and dismisive of Palin because she is a woman or because she has political beliefs, they do so because she is an idiot.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@pak152@jmckee3 

Not at all.

Caribou are majestic creatures and don't deserve to be demeaned by the comparison.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ScottsMerkin


"The Republicans in New Jersey are trying to gather the wagons around Chris Christie. The problem is that they don't have enough wagons."    Bill Maher  

John1073
John1073

Davis went to Harvard Law.

Threeboys
Threeboys

Evidence that Davis isn't? They are both hot, though.

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