UPDATE: Judge Eckhardt has reportedly apologized to Gov. Abbott.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 27, 2019
TCRP Chairman Condemns Eckhardt’s Disgusting Joke about Gov. Abbott
Highest-Ranking Travis County Elected Official Makes Light of Abbott’s Paralysis
AUSTIN – According to a report in The Texas Tribune, at a panel discussion today at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott “hates trees because one fell on him.”
Gov. Abbott suffered lower body paralysis while jogging in Houston when a tree fell over and hit him.
“I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms this disgusting joke from the highest-ranking Democrat in Travis County,” said Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak. “Governor Abbott has displayed inspiring determination in his life, overcoming a tragic accident that paralyzed him at age 26 and rising to serve on the Texas Supreme Court, Attorney General, and now as Governor. Judge Eckhardt apparently believes that his disability is open to ridicule if it helps her make a political argument. This joke represents a profound lack of compassion from Judge Eckhardt. After news reports surfaced about her outrageous joke, she has since offered a weak apology. I hope she takes some time to reflect and reaches out to Governor Abbott and his family to also privately apologize. There is no place for insulting Americans with disabilities and Judge Eckhardt should know better.”