Equal pay, ethics dominate gubernatorial race this week

AUSTIN -- After beginning the week blasting her Republican foe over his opposition to expanded equal pay protections in state court, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) renewed her attack Thursday.

A new web video again targets Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on apparent pay disparities among women working in Greg Abbott's attorney general's office first reported by the San Antonio Express-News.

Greg Abbott says we don't need equal pay for equal work because we have laws in place already, Davis communications director Zac Petkanas wrote in a statement Thursday. If that's true, and Greg Abbott is paying women less than men for the same work in his office, then which law is he breaking?

Abbott's campaign has spent the week counterattacking Davis over her continued work as bond counsel for public clients such as D/FW International Airport, despite saying she'd put the work on hold before running for governor. Continuing the theme, Abbott's campaign issued a statement Friday.

This week brought a seemingly endless series of revelations concerning Sen. Davis history of ethically challenged behavior -- behavior she continues to this day, said Abbott communications director Matt Hirsch. Sen. Davis questionable bond counsel work, resulting conflicts of interest and continued efforts to stonewall information from Texas voters raise serious questions about her fitness for higher office. Greg Abbott, on the other hand, would make this practice illegal. The contrast could not be more clear.

Davis responded to reporters' questions over potential conflicts of interest Monday.

In the interest of transparency I disclosed my clients, my public clients, said Davis. Of course I was not required to do that, but I did it because I believe it was the right thing. I have always been a senator who first and foremost stands for the constituents who elected her to serve and I'm very proud of my record in that regard.

Months earlier, KVUE met with each candidate to talk about their personal backgrounds and views on what was then the slowly unfolding 2014 election season. Interviewed separately and early on in the race, each offered a glimpse of the fight to come.

What you do in a campaign is the same thing that teams are supposed to do in a football game. You play every play hard, you work to gain first downs and you don't look to the score until the final whistle has blown, Abbott told KVUE in November.

When I accomplish something on behalf of the people that I represent, there's no better feeling in the world than that, Davis told KVUE in January. And I'm committed to trying to continue that.

The interviews will air in full as part of a new half-hour special program State of Affairs, which debuts 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening on KVUE.


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