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Gov. Greg Abbott’s new campaign ad features victim of Sutherland Springs shooting

October 3, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott launched a statewide TV ad Monday featuring a family affected by the Sutherland Springs mass shooting last November that left 26 people dead and 20 others injured.

The two-minute ad, which is slated to run in every media market in Texas, features Julie Workman, whose son, Kris Workman, 35, was shot in the back and left paralyzed. Abbott, who was paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 26, visited the Workmans in the hospital after the shooting.

In the ad, Julie Workman praises Abbott’s kindness toward her family. She says Abbott gave her family hope and showed her that “her son’s future could be anything that he wanted it to be.”

“Here the governor is in a wheelchair — and he’s our governor,” Julie Workman says. “To see his strength and his kindness and then know that that’s my son’s potential right there.”

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The ad ends with Abbott and Kris Workman, now in a wheelchair, rolling next to each other in front of American and Texas flags.

Abbott is seeking re-election against Democrat Lupe Valdez, former Dallas County sheriff, this November.

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Valdez’s major ad is about her life story more than her stand on issues.

The two-and-a-half minute video on Valdez’s website tells the story of her drive to get an education. The daughter of poor migrant workers, Valdez rode the city bus across San Antonio every morning to attend a better high school after a teacher told her she was capable of going to college.

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