10 October 2014


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MOJO'S reporter on this story is WAY, WAY off base. My posted comment and another from a US Vet who is also a paraplegic, and the video, from +Mother Jones .....

    Engagement editor, what's that, social scene a la People Magazine? Whatever it is it doesn't qualify Dreyfuss to report on politics. This is a well done attack ad on the widespread attitude of republicans and tea-baggers that all that matters is they get theirs and to hell with everyone else.

    I'm a wheelchair-bound veteran (who also has PTSD) myself and have been for 8 years, I don't see anything offensive about this ad. It points out his hypocrisy and how he blocks people from being able to do the same thing he was able to do. I would have maybe softened the vocal tone at the beginning of the ad (but that's more of a criticism of the making of the ad itself, I've seen better ads.) But, as far as offensive, it's not offensive at all, and the only people who are offended are the people who want to be offended. I've been an advocate and worked on campaigns ever since I ended up in the chair at the age of 20 and I can tell you the people who have the best attitudes about this are the people who are disabled. The aren't going to get offended at pointing out the guy is in a chair, they're going to get offended at the action.

    Thank you for your service. I don't know why, but for a long time I had been under the impression that Greg Abbott had also been disabled while serving his country. I am glad that Wendy Davis ran this ad so more people will not mistake Gregg Abbott for heroes like yourself.

  • Greg Abbott is a real piece of work. He has spent his entire career catering to the highest bidder. His opinions and decisions have always been for sale. Texas deserves better but the majority are too stupid to realize it. There is a reason Texas is 49th in the nation in education. The GOP cut over 5.2 billion from Texas public school systems and Greg has defended that in court. Over 600 school districts in the state sued to have those funds returned to the system, but Greg continues to fight against them and their children's future.
| Fri Oct. 10, 2014 4:39 PM EDT
Wendy Davis just released an ad attacking Greg Abbott, her opponent for governor in Texas, which is, to be blunt, bullshit. It's offensive and nasty and it shouldn't exist. She's basically calling Abbott a cripple.
There are a lot of good reasons not to like Greg Abbott. The fact that he's in a wheelchair isn't one of them.

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