It wasn’t enough for Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor of Texas, to claim that her opponent — who is wheelchair-bound — doesn’t care about disabled people. Now she and her campaign are claiming that Abbott might also want to ban interracial marriage.
There’s only one problem: Abbott’s wife Cecilia is Hispanic.
Greg Abbott won't say whether he'd defend an interracial marriage ban—troubling but not surprising from someone who defends a "poll tax."
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) October 20, 2014
Even though nobody has ever accused the Wendy Davis campaign of having the slightest clue what it’s doing, this particular line of attack is shocking in its incompetence. As the Texas Tribune wrote back in March:
While Gov. Rick Perry is bowing out of Texas politics after an unprecedented three four-year terms in office, history could also be made if the Governor’s Mansion stays home to a Republican. If Attorney General Greg Abbott wins his campaign to succeed Perry — and he is favored to do so — his wife would become the first Latina to be the first lady of Texas.
Cecilia Phalen Abbott, 54, has been a regular at her husband’s side as he travels across the state for his campaign. He often talks about how Abbott, the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, has helped him embrace the culture of a growing number of Texans, though talk about her heritage has been part of the conflict during the campaign.
This new campaign tack from Wendy Davis — accusing the guy whose wife is Hispanic of maybe wanting to ban interracial marriage — was roundly mocked by pretty much everyone on Twitter within minutes of the attack going out.
Wendy Davis: Worst campaign ever or worst campaign ever?
John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 20, 2014
How much money did Democrats give Wendy Davis, again? – Because she just accused Greg Abbott of wanting to ban his own marriage.
Moe Lane (@moelane) October 20, 2014
When I was in TX, it was hard to miss billboards showing Abbott with his Mex-Am wife. Davis’s “interracial marriage ban” attack is crazy.
daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 20, 2014
Wendy Davis has yet to deny her campaign is an elaborate Andy Kaufman-esque prank.
Didn't we, Wang? (@MetricButtload) October 20, 2014
Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner found a silver lining to all this: there’s so much more entertainment from this pathetic train wreck of a campaign yet to come. If you think this is bad, just wait to see what she has in store for the next two weeks leading up to the election:
Guys, Wendy Davis has more than two weeks to come up with something even worse.
Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) October 20, 2014