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Attorney General Abbott Thanks Supporter Who Insulted Sen. Wendy Davis
Updated: Monday, August 19 2013, 10:32 AM CDT
It's the Tweet heard around Texas.
Saturday Jeff Rutledge (@jefflegal) a supporter of Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, sent this Tweet:
"@GregAbbott_TX would absolutely demolish idiot @WendyDavisTexas in Gov race – run Wendy run! Retard Barbie to learn life lesson. #TGDN @tcot"
But it is Abbott's response that upset hundreds of twitter users.
His account replied, "Thanks for your support."
Aviel Huerta, the Abbott's campaign press secretary, said Abbott is responsible for his own Tweets and a staffer did not do it.
"He should have said something like: please don't use that terminology I appreciate it if you didn't say negative things," says Jana Birchum, a Texas Voter.
Since he didn't, dozens fired back.
On Twitter, dozens questioned why the Attorney General would thank someone making derogatory statements.
"I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinions and that's fine but really? Name calling? Just unnecessary, it's trashy and makes that guy look bad, makes me lean in the opposite direction," says Birchum.
Even Abbott supporter Peggy Jones says it's unnecessary.
"I don't know about her particularly or her background but I'd rather see people attacking her on issues, rather than name calling," Jones says.
In statement released by the Texas Democratic Party, Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa calls the fact that the governor thanked the supporter "disgusting and disturbing".
He adds, "The people of Texas deserve so much better than this from their public officials. And the women of Texas deserve leaders who respect them as human beings.”
"In a perfect world, I think he probably would of thought of what he tweeted but he'll probably come back tomorrow and say he's sorry or something," says John O'Conner, a Texas Voter.
And he did.
In a Tweet Sunday, the attorney general said,
"FYI: I thank supporters on Twitter, but I don't endorse anyone's offensive language. Stay positive."