|"He's a clean old man"|
What may be the closing talking point for the Abbott campaign is, perhaps, its most dishonest. The latest repetition of it is in Matt Mackowiak's "Wendy Davis’ harsh and failing campaign" in the Austin American Statesman. The boldest, bald-faced lie in his attack? How her angelic opponent compares:
Contrast that to Abbott, who has run an almost completely positive campaign at a breakneck pace, with thoughtful policy proposals on education, transportation, ethics and border security outlined months ago.
But Mackowiak is just parroting Greg Abbott's pitch that recently made the rounds on Fox News. First, on Sean Hanity:
Listen, my reaction is if she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair, that's her prerogative. As for me, I'm running a different type of campaign. I'm running a campaign that's focused on solving the problems of Texans, like securing the border, keeping Texas number one for jobs, continue fighting against Barack Obama's EPA that's crushing jobs in Texas. So I will focus on the future of Texas, while my opponent continues to attack me.
Then - prepare for a sense of deja vu - on Lou Dobbs:
My reaction is she can attack a guy in a wheelchair if she wants to, but I don't think it's going to sell real well. My focus Lou is going to be on casting a positive vision as the next Governor of Texas about what I will achieve by creating jobs by securing the border. So she can attack me while I attack the challenges that our fellow Texans face.
Since this is Abbott's closing note, we should judge whether it is a sour one. It comes down to this: is Greg Abbott running an "almost completely positive campaign"? Or, when he or his surrogates claim this, is it just another example of his problematic relationship with the truth?
Consider the evidence.
First, Abbott's YouTube channel. In the last 8 months, he's posted some 88 videos including web ads, debate clips and the like. By my count, at least 40 of them are direct attacks on Wendy Davis. These include:
|Another ray of light on Abbott's YouTube Channel|
Or what about the barrage of emails I've gotten from the campaign, especially those from his Campaign Director, Sarah Floreke. Here's a few highlights:
|Yet another positive |
Apparently, late-term abortion is a cause for celebration for the Wendy Davis campaign.
Sen. Wendy Davis is pulling yet another page out of President Obama’s playbook: hiding chunks of campaign cash and donors behind a smoke screen.
Sen. Wendy Davis had a terrible showing at the first debate, melting down and yelling over the moderator. Last night, it happened again.
Can you believe that the Democrats have picked a candidate for governor whose legal work is currently part of an FBI investigation? That’s right. Ethically-challenged Sen. Wendy Davis is entangled in conflicts of interest. Her legal work for a tollway agency part of an investigation by the FBI—and she won’t tell Texans why.
So, you be the judge: Is Greg Abbott running an "almost completely positive campaign"? Or, when he or his surrogates claim this, is it just another example of his problematic relationship with the truth?
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