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Man at Center of Latest Wendy Davis Disability Controversy Say Conservatives are the Real Jerks, Not Davis

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis’ campaign recently ran a controversial ad that talked about her opponent’s Greg Abbott’s disability.

The ad, according to the Davis camp, “focuses on the fact that Greg Abbott rightly sought justice for himself, following a horrible accident and then spent his career denying that same justice to other victims.”

Republicans, though, said pointing out Abbott is in a wheelchair at all is just downright rude and started a vicious attack campaign of their own, denouncing the ad.

The counter-attack went too far, at least according to one Davis supporter, though, when the GOP – in trying to paint Davis as being disability unfriendly – actually made fun of him and his mobility impairment.

It all started after Lamar White Jr., who has cerebral palsy, asked a staffer to slide him over in the roller chair he used for a Wendy Davis press conference after he was done speaking.

The staff obliged.

Immediately the conservative press seized on the moment to say Davis’ staff had dragged him on the stage.

Some conservative papers called the act “shameless” and accused Davis of using persons with disabilities as “props.”

Another suggested Davis staffers manhandled one person on the stage.

“Things got a little awkward at one point when one of the disabled speakers was dragged across the stage in a chair by (presumably) a member of the Davis campaign,”  Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon, wrote.

In response, White took to Facebook to say the real jerk was the conservative who made fun of how he moved.

“Dear Friends,” White wrote. “Do me a favor and blast this jerk for making fun of how I moved. I asked them to slide me over after my remarks because I was afraid of falling down. His Twitter handle is @AndrewStilesUSA. His email address is [email protected] And by the way, I didn’t think it looked awkward. It’s just how I roll.”

White also told The Chronicle that he did not want to stand up because he did not want to cause a scene.

“I asked them to move me,” he explained, reiterating that the Davis group was only accommodating his request. “Because I was worried that if I stood up, I’d fall down on camera.”

Of course, the fact that GOP can be jerks too, doesn’t quite forgive the Davis camps’ entirely. Even after her press conference defense, pundits from both sides continue to point out the disability-focused ad was a really bad idea from the start, even if her own camp says it is actually helping in the polls.

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