October 13, 2014

You know, for the past two decades, Republicans have called Democrats weak and soft. They portray us as tree huggers and bleeding hearts. They say we are not tough enough to stand up and govern.

Oh yes we are.

Following Greg Abbott’s use of his wheelchair as a campaign centerpiece, Wendy Davis took to the airways to remind people that Greg Abbott is so damn mean and heartless that he has kept other people in wheelchairs from suing and pocketing $10+ million like Abbott did.

He uses his wheelchair to gain sympathy and votes, yet he oddly has no sympathy for others.

Greg Abbott was hit by a falling tree in a freak accident while he was out jogging. He sued the homeowners. If your wheelchair is a campaign star, once saying “a guy in a wheelchair can move faster than traffic” and another time saying he got strong by using his wheelchair to go up ramps in parking garages, then you threw the ball in the air and you can’t whine when she hits it.

But whine he does.

I represent disabled Texans on the State Democratic Executive Committee, the group of people who are elected to lead and guide the Texas Democratic Party. The Texas Republican Party has no such position. In the 40 page Texas GOP platform, the word disabled or disability is only mentioned once, on page 17. That entry only refers to people with mental disabilities; physical disabilities are never mentioned. Not even once. On the other hand, the Texas Democratic platform has an entire section on Texans with disabilities on page 53.

You tell me which party cares about disabilities.

Thanks to the efforts of Greg Abbott, if a ten year old child has the wrong leg amputated by a drug addicted doctor, the most that child can recover for a lifetime is $250,000. That’s what Greg Aboott says a leg is worth to a child. Unless, of course, it’s Greg Abbott’s leg.

That, my friends, is a very legitimate campaign issue.

I will leave it to others to determine if the ad is effective but I can say with total certainty that is not mean.

Wendy Davis is not saying that Greg Abbott is not qualified to be Governor because he can’t walk. She’s saying he’s not qualified to be Governor because he can’t think.

Why are Greg Abbott’s legs worth 40 times more than your child’s legs? That is mean.

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