Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Oct. 14, 2014
“A tree fell on Greg Abbott,” the ad’s narrator intones. Abbott, the Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Texas attorney general, was partially paralyzed in 1984 after being struck by a falling tree while jogging. In text superimposed over the empty wheelchair, the ad notes that, according to a 2002 Associated Press report, Abbott could receive “as much as $10.7 million” as a result of litigation he brought over his accident. Then the punch line: “Since then, he’s spent his career working against other victims.” More specifically, Abbott, like many Republicans in Texas and elsewhere, has pushed for “tort reform”: restrictions on the ability of plaintiffs (like him) to sue over injuries caused by others. That’s simply true, and it does make Abbott something of a hypocrite on this issue.