DALLAS — Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis got a rude welcome by supporters of Republican opponent Greg Abbott in advance of a Los Angeles fundraiser: life-size posters depicting her as “Abortion Barbie.”
The posters showed Davis’ face on a scantily clad Barbie doll with a plastic baby in her belly. The Davis campaign called on Abbott to denounce the posters.
Abbott and Davis, a Democrat, are facing off in the race for Texas governor.
Abbott campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch said: “It’s not affiliated with our campaign and we find it appalling.” The campaign said it didn’t know who put up the posters.
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Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas called the posters offensive and said they demonstrate that the Abbott campaign is out of touch with women.
“This is just another in a long line of offensive actions and comments by Greg Abbott in an attempt to demean Wendy Davis and women across Texas.”
Last year, Abbott thanked a supporter who called Davis “retard Barbie” on Twitter.
Abbott supporter Kathryn Stuard of Midland donated to street artist Leonard Sabo to help create the poster.
The amount was not disclosed. Stuard said the Abbott campaign was not involved.
The posters appeared Thursday as Davis was set to attend a fundraiser in Santa Monica, Calif., hosted by director J.J. Abrams, producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and director Steven Spielberg.
Conservative blogger Erick Erickson nicknamed Davis “Abortion Barbie” this year because of her 11-hour filibuster in the Texas Senate in opposition to abortion regulations.