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Abbott Vows To Keep Up Pressure On Davis In Undercover Audio

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies
TPR News
Campaigning between the two likely gubernatorial nominees has heated up over the past month.

A Democratic strategy group supporting the Wendy Davis campaign has introduced new undercover audio of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott promising to continue attacking Davis through social media.

The Lone Star Project infiltrated an Abbott fundraiser in Wimberley on Jan. 21 and recorded his comments to the crowd of supporters.

While Abbott doesn’t say much, he does indicate the type of campaign he will run against his likely opponent after the March primaries, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.

Here’s Abbott speaking about his campaign’s efforts on social media following questions about Davis’ campaign narrative:

"If anyone follows Twitter you’ve seen an interesting conversation over the past 24 hours. We’re going to keep that conversation going for the next nine months"

Matt Angle, the executive director of the Lone Star Project, said what Abbott says behind closed doors and amongst friends is not what he would say to the general public.

"He was willing to acknowledge that it is their intention to continue attacking Wendy Davis and continue their smear through all remaining nine months of the campaign," Angle said.

During last month’s challenge to Davis’ rags-to-riches story which gathered national attention, Abbott publicly distanced himself from attacks on the likely Democratic nominee. Officials with the Abbott campaign said he was not speaking directly about Davis’ biography at the January fundraiser.

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