Texas attorney general ‘thanks’ supporter after ‘Retard Barbie’ jab at Wendy Davis

By David Edwards
Monday, August 19, 2013 9:01 EDT
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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) over the weekend thanked a supporter who called state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) “Retard Barbie,” but then later added that he did not “endorse” the language.

“@GregAbbott_TX would absolutely demolish idiot @WendyDavisTexas in Gov race – run Wendy run! Retard Barbie to learn life lesson,” Jeff Rutledge tweeted on Saturday.

“Jeff, thanks for your support,” Abbott replied.

In a statement to Politico, Democratic Governors Association spokesperson Danny Kanner blasted Abbott for “disgusting attacks against Wendy Davis have no place in the political discourse and they say a lot more about the Republican men launching them than her.”

“Clearly, they know that Wendy Davis offers the kind of real change that Texas voters want and are scared to death of her because of it,” Kanner pointed out.

Abbott later addressed the controversy in a Sunday tweet: “FYI: I thank supporters on Twitter, but I don’t endorse anyone’s offensive language. Stay positive.”

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(h/t: Talking Points Memo)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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