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Does Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott really want to bring up his own record on equal pay in order to level a pathetically weak attack against his opponent for governor, Wendy Davis? Really? Because, aside from saying he'd veto equal pay laws like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, here's Abbott's record:
[...] Abbott has personally defended unequal pay as Attorney General. In 2012, he defended a state agency in court against a female professor who sued claiming she was discriminated over race and national origin. [...] The San Antonio Express-News found that in Abbott’s own office, women are paid $6,000 less than men for the same work in his Attorney General office, while only three out of the top 20 highest-paid employees at the agency are women.
The alleged sin against equal pay for which Abbott is attacking Davis, meanwhile? In 2001, as a member of the Fort Worth city council, she was part of a consensus resolution approving funds to defend the city and a former city employee against a sexual harassment lawsuit. The harasser in question had been reprimanded and retired in 1998. Quite possibly the city should have settled the lawsuit, but Davis was not exactly out on the front lines arguing in favor of sexual harassment ... or unequal pay, which was the actual subject at hand.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 12:22 PM PDT.

Also republished by Turning Texas: Election Digest and Daily Kos.

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