Wendy Davis releases attack ad
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis released her first TV advertisement today and it attacks Attorney General Greg Abbott for ruling on the side of a corporation instead of a rape victim back when Abbott was on the Texas Supreme Court.
Davis’ ad, called “A Texas Story,” is about a Seguin woman who was raped by a Kirby vacuum door-to-door salesman named Mickey Carter in 1993. The company failed to perform a background check on Carter, who was a registered sex offender.
In 1998, while Abbott sat on the Texas Supreme Court, he dissented from the majority opinion of judges who awarded the woman damages after she sued Kirby for failing to conduct a background check on Carter.
“Kirby retained control over where the work was to be performed, not over who was to perform that work,” Abbott wrote in his dissent. “Failure to require background checks of potential dealers relates to who is a dealer, not where the dealer works. As a result, the requisite relation between the control retained and the alleged injury is missing. Because the Court holds to the contrary, I dissent.”
You can read Abbott’s dissent here and watch Davis’ ad below.
Abbott also released a TV ad this week, which features his mother-in-law praising his character. You can watch that video here:
Both Davis and Abbott want to replace Governor Rick Perry in the November election.