“Relax And Enjoy It”: Clayton Williams Donated $15,000 to Dan Patrick

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Failed Republican candidate for Governor and noted rape-joke enthusiast Clayton Williams donated $15,000 to Dan Patrick in the last fundraising period, according to fundraising reports due yesterday. This comes after Williams also gave $100,000 to Greg Abbott earlier in this cycle.

It’s no surprise: the two Republicans atop the statewide ticket seem to share his light-hearted attitude towards victims of rape and incest.

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During the one debate between the two leading candidates for lieutenant governor, Senator Dan Patrick said “I understand some people have different opinions on rape and incest.”

Sorry, Dan — no one should have any question about whether victims of rape and incest should have the right to terminate any pregnancy that results from their abuse. Of course, Dan Patrick only thinks women have value when they’re still in the womb, so it’s no surprise that he holds this view.

What should surprise and alarm the sane people of Texas is that the Republican candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor both refuse to respect the rights of rape and incest victims.

Dan Patrick is already know as one of the most extreme opponents of reproductive healthcare rights. This past January, when he was asked about exceptions to outlawing abortion, Patrick said in a debate, “The only exception would be if the life of the mother was truly in danger… but that is rare.” Dan Patrick even opposed funds to test a backlog of rape kits in Texas, leaving rapists to go free. He voted against a budget that provided $11 million in funding to DPS to address the state’s massive backlog of kits. (Who sponsored that effort over two sessions? Wendy Davis! Of course.)

Sadly, Greg Abbott isn’t any better — he’s just more successful at evading the question.

In October 2013, The Associated Press reported that Abbott said he opposed abortion in all circumstances, even in the cases of rape and incest. Abbott stated, “Regarding instances of rape and incest, which constitute less than 1 percent of all abortions and are admittedly very difficult situations, I further believe life must be preserved.”

Moderate Republicans should be horrified by the views openly circulating in their political party, and independents and Democratic voters need to understand: these are the folks who want to run our state.

Early voting starts October 20. Are you ready to vote yet?

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.

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