Wendy Davis: Paraplegic Opponent Doesn't Understand 'Stories of Struggle'

January 23, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is dealing with the fallout from reports that she allegedly misrepresented aspects of her life story, which had been the foundation of her fundraising operations, and she's not taking it well.  In fact, she's downright nasty.

She and her campaign have hurled accusations at her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, and his campaign for being behind the effort to expose the truth.  Yet, Wayne Slater, the reporter from the Dallas Morning News who wrote the article, tweeted that he didn't speak to anyone from the Abbott campaign.

Yet, the meltdown doesn't stop there. Davis literally suggested earlier this week that Greg Abbott doesn't "understand these Texas stories of struggle." Does Ms. Davis know that Mr. Abbott has been paraplegic ever since a tree fell on him in 1984?

So, Wendy Davis decided to lecture Greg Abbott, a man in a wheelchair, on his ignorance about struggle. The lack of self-awareness is appalling - and it gets worse.  The Washington Post also reported on Davis admitting to "fuzzy facts" in her story on January 19, but the update to the piece, which featured a statement from the Davis campaign, is what makes things more interesting:

"We're not surprised by Greg Abbott's campaign attacks on the personal story of my life as a single mother who worked hard to get ahead. But they won't work, because my story is the story of millions of Texas women who know the strength it takes when you're young, alone and a mother. I've always been open about my life not because my story is unique, but because it isn't."

"The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce. And I knew then that I was going to have to work my way up and out of that life if I was going to give my daughter a better life and a better future and that's what I've done. I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I've been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn't walked a day in my shoes."

Indeed, Abbott hasn't. He's been in a wheelchair since he was 26 years old!

It seems the Davis camp may have had a Joe Biden moment.