Wendy Davis Defends Controversial Ad

On Friday, the campaign for Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis defended its use of an ad against Attorney General Greg Abbot which highlighted Abbott’s history of opposing litigation on behalf of disabled victims after it received condemnation from Republicans. The ad calls out Abbot for suing and winning a large reward after becoming partially paralyzed but then arguing that “a woman whose leg was amputated was not disabled because she had an artificial limb. 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 dangers surgeon who paralyzed patients.” Davis’s communications director Zac Petkanas defended the ad to the Huffington Post, saying, "What this ad shows is that after rightly seeking justice for himself, Greg Abbott turned around and spent his entire career denying that same kind of justice to other victims. Whether they were victims of brutal rape, whether they were disabled individuals, or whether they were patients who were maimed by a surgeon who was under the influence. These are important questions that Texans have a right to know about."