Bell flanks left on abortion
Chris Bell released a letter criticizing Bob Gammage on abortion:
A dozen abortion-rights activists charged in a letter released Wednesday that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Gammage abandoned their cause in Congress almost 30 years ago.The full text of the letter is here.
In a letter circulated by former U.S. Rep. Chris Bell, who is facing Gammage in the Democratic primary, 12 women said they could not trust Gammage "to take the heat and fight for our rights." Signers of the letter include Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who won the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion; Peggy Romberg, executive director of the Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas; and Heather Paffe, political director of the Texas Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. Bell aides said the women signed the letter as individuals and not on behalf of their groups.
If the Democrat were set to face a Republican head-to-head, then perhaps flanking left on abortion might be a little more surprising. But Democrats are hoping to hold their base together, so they can move left in a multi-candidate election, instead of moving to the center.
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