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October 29, 2013

Jason Stanford: Keep jumping through hoops

Women of Texas, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is here to tell you how good you have it. In fact, he recently said, “I’m proud to say there is nobody in the state of Texas who has done more to fight to help women than I have in the past decade.” You’ll have to excuse the man. He’s running for governor, and it’s becoming clear that his right hand doesn’t know what the far-right hand is doing.

Abbott says he has prosecuted sex traffickers and collected $27 billion in child support. He deserves credit for doing his job, but the applause might be louder if his campaign weren’t lying about Sen. Wendy Davis’s record and giving a forum to sexist attacks on her.

He went trolling for e-mail addresses by circulating a petition that claimed, “Wendy Davis wants to bring gun control to Texas.” Hogwash. Among Davis’ pro-2nd Amendment votes is one giving the Attorney General the power to block local gun control laws. Let’s hope Abbott’s aim is better with a gun.

That lie quickly became a sideshow as thousands of people left comments on Abbott’s Facebook page that can’t be printed in newspapers. Abbott’s campaign deleted a couple of death threats but left up these and others like them: “She looks like a throw rug,” wrote one. “Piss on her,” suggested another. Someone called her a “whiney, panty waggin’ broad.” The comment “Someone needs to flush her where she belongs” was what passed for subtlety on this litany of online abuse.

This happened as voters started trickling into the polls to vote on constitutional amendments. Texans are always bragging, but no one can hold a candle to us when it comes to not voting. Texas has the worst voter participation rates in the entire country.

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