October 11, 2014

Over at the Washington Post, there's a tizzy brewing over Wendy Davis' truth-telling ad. I suppose they think it's terrible to tell the truth because (whispering) Greg Abbott is disabled because of his injury received while jogging in the rain.

This ad is the sort of highly risky gambit you only see from a long-shot campaign. And, as often as not, these sorts of "Hail Marys" fail miserably.

If if does backfire and Davis wants to run for office in the future, you can rest assured this one will stick with her.

Really? What's risky about speaking the truth? He benefitted from the system and then closed it up to others who were also harmed through no fault of their own.

Here's how Politico spins it:

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

Abbott was paralyzed in 1984 when, out jogging during a storm, he was struck by a falling oak tree. He sued the homeowner and eventually won a $10 million settlement. He has used a wheelchair since the accident.

The spot cites three cases Abbott worked on as a state Supreme Court justice or attorney general. In one case, Abbott’s office argued a woman with an amputated leg wasn’t disabled because she had a prosthetic limb. In another, he said a door-to-door sales company wasn’t responsible when one of their employees raped a woman. (The Texas Supreme Court ruled in the woman’s favor.) In the third, he helped a hospital defend themselves against a lawsuit after a doctor botched surgeries.

Neither one of these outlets is paying attention to the primary issue here, which is that Abbott wants to actually limit liability awards -- what they call tort reform -- to people who file lawsuits in Texas.

It's a classic case of "I've got mine, screw you."

There's nothing wrong with telling the truth, and I'm glad Wendy Davis is doing so.

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