Disabled Wendy Davis Supporter Blasts Greg Abbott Campaign For Calling Disabled Speakers “Props”

Wendy Davis, Lamar White, Jr. and Carol White at a recent campaign event.  Photo provided by Lamar White, Jr.

Wendy Davis, Lamar White, Jr. and Carol White at a recent campaign event.
Photo provided by Lamar White, Jr.

Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign recently reacted with outrage to an ad from Wendy Davis’s campaign that explained how he was a hypocrite when it came to disabilities. Conservative websites and even some liberal ones like Mother Jones blasted Wendy Davis for the ad, claiming that Greg Abbott’s disability was off-limits for political discussion. This is from Ben Dreyfuss over at Mother Jones:

This ad says to me—and to a lot of other people—that Greg Abbott is unfit to serve because he is handicapped. The Davis campaign may not have intentionally attempted to play into people’s historic prejudice against the disabled, but that’s how the ad reads to me. Abbott shouldn’t be off limits to criticism because he’s in a wheelchair. And this may just have been an inartful attempt at a trenchant criticism. But there are ways to make a point and ways not to make a point and this ad is not the way to make that point. (Source)

I would normally agree that a person’s disability should never be a political issue, but Mother Jones and others have it all wrong. If you are in a wheelchair and make a political issue of it such as Greg Abbott has, then pointing out that he uses the disability to his advantage while denying other people with disabilities their rights is certainly fair game.


Today, my friend Lamar White, Jr., who owns and writes for cenlamar.com, appeared along with other supporters with disabilities at an event held by Wendy Davis in which she defended the ad that the Abbott campaign and conservative bloggers were so hypocritically angry about.

“In 1984, Greg Abbott sought out and received justice following a horrible injury, rightly so…receiving millions of dollars. And I’m glad, he deserved justice for the terrible tragedy that he endured,” Davis said at her Fort Worth, Texas, field office. “But then he turned around and built his career working to deny the very same justice that he received to his fellow Texans rightly seeking it for themselves.”

She added, “Greg Abbott got his justice. Why doesn’t he believe that a rape survivor or a person with a disability or a victim paralyzed forever…should get justice too? What makes Greg Abbott think it’s okay to deny them, his fellow Texans, the justice that he rightly went to court to receive?” (Source)

One website, The Washington Free Beacon, then proceeded to run a story from Andrew Stiles which claimed a Wendy Davis staffer disrespectfully dragged a disabled supporter in a chair away from the podium once he was done speaking. Others referred to the disabled speakers as “props” in their attempt to discredit these supporters and the Wendy Davis campaign. Remember, conservatives like Greg Abbott as well as a lot of pundits are always complaining about political correctness, but then leap all over it to express outrage when it’s politically convenient. Here’s the video of the incident in question, which was uploaded by an Abbott supporter.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtQ_LIJ1ly4&w=560&h=315]


Seems maybe a little inappropriate, right? The conservative website Townhall.com jumped all over it, and called the speaker a “prop” in this story (now removed by them) which was then later retweeted by Abbott’s chief political strategist, Dave Carney.

Retweets by Greg Abbott's chief political strategist Dave Carney

Retweets by Greg Abbott’s chief political strategist Dave Carney

What they didn’t know is that the speaker was none other than my friend Lamar who has cerebral palsy, and I reached out to him for his comments on the incident. Here’s what he had to say:

“The only people attacking disabled people are Greg Abbott’s campaign and his allies in the right-wing media.”

He also spoke with Lauren McGaughy from the Houston Chronicle:

“I’m clumsy, and I fall sometimes. I didn’t want to fall on camera, so I personally asked them to slide me over in the chair,” said Lamar White, Jr., who has cerebral palsy. “I asked them to move me. Because I was worried that if I stood up, I’d fall down on camera.”

White, a law student in his final year at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School, had just finished detailing why he supports Democratic nominee for governor Sen. Wendy Davis when a campaign staffer slid the chair out of the way of the microphone so the next attendee could speak. (Source)

Greg Abbott is indeed a hypocrite as the ad pointed out, and for members of his campaign staff to retweet stories that call disabled supporters of Wendy Davis “props” is further proof of that. I urge Greg Abbott and his staffers to issue the apologies that Lamar White, Jr has asked for, but I’m not going to hold my breath on this one.



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  • Jim Bean

    Basically, if your a liberal and you do something you would call unethical if a conservative did I, you can say its not unethical in your instance and it becomes truth.

    • Nicholas A Kocal

      So basically you have the reading comprehension of a rock …

      • Thomas

        Or a Republican – lol!

      • TaxPaying American Voter

        This guy trolls Wendy Davis like a crackhead to a dealer. He enjoys being humiliated and obviously has no self respect knowing fair well he comes off as an uneducated drunkard.

      • Steve Brains

        That’s how they roll!

    • Steve Brains

      I wouldn’t call this unethical. Abbott played the handicap card and Davis played trump. Had Abbott NEVER used his chair politically, this would be unethical.

      But shoe on the other foot. look at Abbott’s ethic to date. He would most definitely do this without a precursor from Davis. What was that very eraly attack on Davis for her Marriage? her divorce? NO… being a single Mom living in a trailer… something…

      This is IT!!! THIS is how Abbott OPENED the campaign:

      THIS is the story based on facts of the case:

      “I’m not so concerned about the inconsistency of the timing of Davis’s first divorce. Whether she was 19 or 21 doesn’t really matter a whole lot, although I guess it’s nice to be able to claim she was a single teen mother struggling to get by, etc. Yes, it would have been nice for her to have stayed in a trailer park longer than three months, just to drive home to voters the true depth of her struggle. But it is what it is, a short stay in a trailer park. Still, no one can discount the hardest part — that she was a single mother, trying desperately to do right by her young daughter while making a living and trying to get an education, first at TCU and later at Harvard.

      But that’s where the story gets murky and troublesome. Davis remarried and had another child. She got herself into Harvard Law School, which is a major accomplishment all by itself. Her husband, Jeffry Davis, took out a loan, footed the bill and agreed to take care of the two daughters while Wendy went off to Cambridge, Mass., to earn her law degree. Something happened while she was up there. The couple apparently drifted apart, as can happen when two people are separated for such a long period. There are hints of infidelity.

      Uh-oh, suddenly, this isn’t turning into the kind of story we want to tell our children. It gets worse. Whatever happened between the two, Wendy wound up sacrificing custody of her youngest daughter, while the older one, now a young adult, chose to remain with Jeff Davis instead of moving in with Wendy. That’s a really big deal. All of a sudden, the image of a struggling mom working her way through law school disintegrates, and the image left is hardly the one we were led to believe. Even worse, Wendy Davis filed for divorce right after her husband paid the final bill for her law degree.”

      http://dallasmorningviewsblog – dallasnews-com/2014/01/disappointment-about-the-true-wendy-davis-story.html/

      This is how the RED media sells it:
      http://newsbusters-org/blogs/brent-bozell/2014/02/04/bozell-column-wendy-davis-lies-media-elite-snores

  • Pipercat

    I emailed Lamar and asked him when he was going to expand his commentary beyond Louisiana. Thanks to Greg’s minions, I think the time is nigh.

  • Steve Brains

    “If you are in a wheelchair and make a political issue of it such as Greg Abbott has, then pointing out that he uses the disability to his advantage while denying other people with disabilities their rights is certainly fair game.”

    Abbott BOUGHT his way into office parlaying his “justice” the fact that he DID NOT became a CHAMPION of those SEEKING the SAME JUSTICE is a massive testament to his character. They are his promise to further deny Texans Justice. Look at his Civil Rights abuses, his Constitutional Abuses and his Fiscal abuses.

    You would think a man who has known the helpless pain of a crippling injury would be determined to secure healthcare for his fellow Texans. But NO!!! NOT if it is free and comes form a … NOT WHITE source.

    Abbott using this corruption of being outted for what he IS and is NOT as advertising is more than just akin to a Hebrew applying for the job of chimney sweep and furnace keeper @ Auschweitz. It’s as if Himmler, Goering and Goebbels held a lottery and of all the millions in the camps, greg Abbott was the only one to buy tickets for a chance to drop the Zyklon cans in the showers. By hand.

    Wendy may have gotten chalk on her shoe walking this line, but Abbott is gonna run with this and make it his whole campaign. He is crashing into the bench. wrapped in camera and mic cords, drenched in Gatorade and is almost trampling his own team’s mascot beneath his well publicized wheels. People will se tha pandering and Wendy will get yet another bump.

    I am WAITING for the national universal Swiftboating of the RED party.

    • Beverly Evans

      Secure health care???? boy are you a idiot. how much did they pay you to say all of that. wendy destroyed her own self. So stop with the bull shit. You are more of an idiot than she is.

      • Steve Brains

        YOu need to grease your opinion with a serious slathering of Prep H, or even a generic Roid cream.

        How did she
        ‘destroy herself?”

        What about the Medicaid expansion is UNSECURE? I mean anywhere EXCEPT in Texas?

      • Nemisis

        Pick a red state.

      • Steve Brains

        REMEDIAL READING FOR YOU GRUMPY GRANNY!

        “You would think a man who has known the helpless pain of a crippling injury would be determined to secure healthcare for his fellow Texans.”

        Secure:verb (used with object), secured, securing.

        10.

        to get hold or possession of; procure; obtain:

        to secure materials; to secure a high government position.

        11.

        to free from danger or harm; make safe:

        Sandbags secured the town during the flood.

        12.

        to effect; make certain of; ensure:

        The novel secured his reputation.

        13.

        to make firm or fast, as by attaching:

        to secure a rope.

        14.

        Finance.

        to assure payment of (a debt) by pledging property.

        to assure (a creditor) of payment by the pledge or mortgaging ofproperty.

        15.

        to lock or fasten against intruders:

        to secure the doors.

        16.

        to protect from attack by taking cover, by building fortifications, etc.:

        The regiment secured its position.

      • Nemisis

        Bullshit is one word.

  • TylerRose

    You know, Abbott’s response to this disabled person is exactly what Wendy’s ad was talking about. Hypocrisy. My handicap is important – yours is not. While he was in San Antonio, Abbott made the comment, “If she choose to attack a man in a wheelchair that is her prerogative” but now he is “attacking a disable man”. When Abbott used his handicap in his campaign ads, he is noble, but when a disabled man get on stage with Wendy, he is a “prop”. Abbott is really demonstrating how supportive he is of other handicapped people, isn’t he (sarcasm). Oh and by the way, the young man, Lamar White, requested to be moved on that stage because he was afraid he would fall in front of the cameras. Plus, he had to contacted Greg Abbott to make it clear that ‘HE IS NOT A PROP’ and demand Abbott apologize to him. So instead of Abbott fighting back with Wendy Davis, he “chose” to fight with her disabled supporter? Is this the leadership skills he will have if elected Governor?

    • Beverly Evans

      you are so blind. you must be one of wendys babe’s in murder. No one wants to hear you so STFU

      • TylerRose

        Davis underwent abortions for two pregnancies, one due to an ectopic tubal pregnancy (which she named “Lucas”) and another due to the fetus suffering from Dandy-Walker syndrome (which she named “Tate Elise”). It really surprises me how women (especially Christian women) can be so judgmental against any woman who had to lose her babies that the way Wendy had to BUT in the same breath support a man who openly campaigns with a man who admits to being addicted to sex with underage girls. You hate “Abortion Barbie” Davis but endorses “Pedophile Lover” Abbott. I guess Wendy Davis’s ad was spot on about Abbott and is supporters – hypocrites. Amen.

      • Steve Brains

        ROTFLMAO!!!!! “You hate “Abortion Barbie” Davis but endorses “Pedophile Lover” Abbott. I guess Wendy Davis’s ad was spot on about Abbott and is supporters – hypocrites. Amen.”

        Which campaign PROP is the pedophile?

      • Tracy

        She’s talking about admitted pedophile, pant crapper and draft dodger Ted Nugent. His guitar playing sucks too.

      • Steve Brains

        It used to be good. He SAYS he;s drug free, but he ACTS like a METH addict. LOOKS like a METH addict. Thinks like a METH addict and Talks like a METH addict.

      • Nemisis

        I want to hear her, I’m pretty sure I don’t want to hear you so why not just STFU.

      • MorganLvr

        I’m quite sure no one here wants to hear you spouting your abysmal and judgemental ignorance either, so how about you STFU? I bet you consider yourself a Christian too. Jesus wouldn’t recognise you as any followers of HIS.

    • Steve Brains

      THANK YOU!!! In simplest terms. “Hypocrisy. My handicap is important – yours is not. While he was in San Antonio, Abbott made the comment, “If she choose to attack a man in a wheelchair that is her prerogative” but now he is “attacking a disable man”. When Abbott used his handicap in his campaign ads, he is noble, but when a disabled man get on stage with Wendy, he is a “prop”.”

  • Beverly Evans

    Mr Abbott has never said a word about another disabled person. Where do you thin your lies will get you windy? you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You are unfit to be a Governor. You are unfit for Texas. I am sorry you even live here. You are the worst person I have ever seen in politics. obama must have selected you. you loo lie some of the scumbags he appoints.

    • Nemisis

      You’re not a very good comment troll.

  • “This ad says to me—and to a lot of other people—that Greg Abbott is unfit to serve because he is handicapped.” Oh please. No thinking person could come away with that from this ad even if they’d watched it with the sound off. This is manufactured, opportunistic outrage by a hypocritical crowd who (now hypocritcally) style themselves the opponents of so-called “political correctness.”

  • mach

    The point is that her purpose in having them was to use them as props, it’s not a statement about the people themselves. She had a press conference to defend her ad. Is it a coincidence that she happens to have several disabled supporters speak at this particular press conference and not others, or…?

    It’s the exact same thing George W. Bush did when he vetoed a major stem cell research funding bill in 2007. He brought out kids in wheelchairs and folks who had benefited from other sorts of treatments because the obvious flak he was going to take at vetoing it was that he was limiting scientific and medical advances.

    Every time someone is trying to do damage control, either after the fact in this case or pre-emptively by Bush, they do this sort of thing.

  • Tracy

    Being a wheelchair user myself, my parents taught me that disabled people can do or be anything that we set our minds to. Apparently this includes being a total asshole. Go Wendy!!!

  • Tracy

    Being a wheelchair user myself, my parents taught me that disabled people can do or be anything they set their mind to. Apparently this includes being a total @ssh0le. Go Wendy!!!

  • SpiritOnParole

    Quite a few sour Rethuglicans on this topic. While they are really transparent in their ignorance and name calling they really hate it when the obvious is pointed out to them. SMH