Cheap shot or justified? Wendy Davis uses wheelchair in ad against paraplegic opponent

Her opponent, Greg Abbott, is a partially paralyzed paraplegic stricken to a wheelchair ever since a 1984 accident.

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Wendy Davis continued her last minute media onslaught to win the Texas gubernatorial race with a new television ad attacking her opponent Greg Abbott in a sensationalist manner.

The ad opens with a camera pannning slowly across a picture of a wheelchair– a visual cue for Greg Abbott who is a partially paralyzed paraplegic stricken to a wheelchair ever since a 1984 accident.

“A tree fell on Greg Abbott. He sued and got millions. Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims,” says a serious narrator.

The ad goes on to talk about Abbott’s record as a judge, highlighting cases that make him seem unsympathetic.

“Abbott argued a woman whose leg was amputated was not disabled because she had an artificial limb,” the narrator says. “He ruled against a rape victim who sued a corporation for failing to do a background check on a sexual predator. He sided with a hospital that failed to stop a dangerous surgeon who paralyzed patients.”

A spokeswoman for Abbott, Amelia Chasse, denounced the ad as unnecessary political mudslinging that is unbecoming of Davis.

“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,” said Chasse. “Sen. Davis’ ad shows a disturbing lack of judgment from a desperate politician, and completely disqualifies her from seeking higher office in Texas.”

Davis is trailing Abbott in the polls by 14 percent, and with the election less than a month away, industry analysts do not expect anything short of Austin seceding from Texas will move the polls far enough in Davis’ favor to claim the Governor’s mansion.

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