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Wendy Davis: “Gee, I know a lot of people in wheelchairs–and here they all are–count ’em”

October 13, 2014

Wendy’s wheelchair roundup:

Flanked by two people in wheelchairs and one with cerebral palsy, Davis on Monday doubled down on her strategy at one of the oddest press conferences of the cycle. Davis basically repeated the contents of the ad (somewhat robotically at times), painting state Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who is in a wheelchair, as someone who is on the wrong side of the American with Disabilities Act and works against the disabled community.

“This ad is about one thing and one thing only: it’s about hypocrisy,” Davis said, adding that Abbott sued after he was paralyzed when a tree fell on him while running. “Greg Abbott has shown time and time again that he has worked to deny that same justice to others.” Davis added that Abbott, who leads her in fundraising and in the polls by about 10 points, lacks leadership and empathy. “It’s about building upon our own experiences and using them to champion the causes of others and seeing the young man with cerebral palsy as your son,” Davis said.

Her aides insist that Abbott’s disability is fair game because he has raised the issue of his disability in other ads. “A guy in a wheelchair can move faster than traffic on some roads in Texas,” he says in one ad making the case for fixing Texas’s traffic problems.

Right–because Abbott mentioned his wheelchair in one of his ads, it’s OK to slam Abbott’s wheelchair in your own ads.

Also to haul out a bunch of other people in wheelchairs or with crippling diseases and use them as props.

Posted by Charlotte Allen


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