Abbott, Davis take jabs at one another as governor’s race heats up

Wendy Davis (AP Photo/LM Otero) and Greg Abbott (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Wendy Davis (AP Photo/LM Otero) and Greg Abbott (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The race for governor is certainly underway with both campaigns lodging accusations at one another.

On Monday, the Wendy Davis campaign began a media barrage about Greg Abbott.

In an interview with a Dallas TV station, Abbott wouldn’t answer whether he would have vetoed an equal pay act like Governor Perry did last summer.

In the interview, Abbott said women should be paid the same and that Texas has constitutional protections against sexual discrimination. He also said he’d enforce the law.

GOING IN-DEPTH

  • Current law:
    Statute of limitations is 180 days after the decision to pay a woman less is made (the first paycheck). this means if the woman is underpaid for years and realizes it later, she has no recourse.
  • Vetoed Equal Pay Bill:
    Statute of limitations would be 180 days after first paycheck and renewed with each subsequent paycheck. The individual can also get up to two years of backpay.

“Under the current labor code, there’s a specific statutory prohibition, a specific law in the state of Texas that prevents discrimination on the basis of sex in any type of employment,” Abbott said. “I will ensure that women will not be discriminated in any way because of their sex.”

The Davis campaign blasted Abbott saying the attorney general didn’t answer the question. They also said the current law doesn’t go far enough. The Equal Pay Act would have given women more time to file a discrimination complaint.

“Hardworking Texans deserve to know if he believes in this simple principle,” said Davis. She continued, “a full day’s work is worth a full day’s work no matter what your gender.”

KXAN reached out to Abbott’s campaign for a response, but a spokesman did not comment any further.

Several hours later Abbott’s team sent a news release questioning Davis’ clients at her law firm.

Davis’ law firm represents several public clients that received public money. Abbott’s campaign said the attorney general would fight for more ethical requirements.

Davis’ campaign spokesman Bo Delp called Abbott’s statement a political attack, saying Davis’ only consideration when casting a vote is whether it is in the interest of her constituents or not. Delp said Davis would also support more ethical reform.

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