I’ve met the Texas AG before, albeit in a social setting & for a grand sum of less than 3 minutes.
He’s made his place within the party faithful for pushing tort reform, however his background is that he sued someone (their insurer) when their tree fell on him & paralyzed him from the waist down.
justinian.us/2009/02/i-would … wsuit.html
[quote]In 1984, Greg Abbott was jogging in the wrong place at the wrong time, and a tree fell on him while he was jogging and partially paralyzed him – he’s in a wheelchair today.
Greg Abbott hired Texas attorney Don Riddle to sue the homeowner of the tree, and a company who once trimmed the tree.
Don Riddle obtained a settlement for Mr. Abbott that may exceed $10 million in his lifetime. He receives yearly payments, and according to this article, Mr. Abbott received $300,000 in 2001 alone.
Surprisingly, Greg Abbott has become a major champion for tort reform. As a Supreme Court justice in Texas appointed by George W. Bush, Mr. Abbott helped push a tort reform agenda. Here’s what Don Riddle, Mr. Abbott’s attorney has to say: “People who sadly find themselves in Greg Abbott’s position today will not have the same access to obtaining compensation that Mr. Abbott had. The difference is the tort reform laws that have come into place.” Had the tort reform laws Mr. Abbott advocates been in place in 1984, Mr. Abbott would not receive $300,000 or more every year of his life. Why then, is it fair for Mr. Abbott to receive millions of dollars in pain and suffering – and mental anguish – but it’s not fair for other Texans?
The Texas Observer has even more details about the hypocrisy of Greg Abbott. For example, here’s what Greg Abbott had to say about Kirk Watson’s competing campaign for attorney general: “My opponent, a former Mayor of Austin, is a liberal plaintiff personal injury trial lawyer who’s made millions suing doctors, hospitals, businessmen and women,” Greg Abbott is just one of many conservative Republicans who head straight for “liberal plaintiff personal injury trial lawyers” like Mr. Watson when they’re injured.
This article at the Austin Chronicle calls Greg Abbott “[T]he most reliably pro-corporate vote on the consistently pro-corporate court.” While another article, also from the Austin Chronicle says that “Abbott’s judicial achievement list might have been drawn directly from the corporate-friendly agenda of the Texans for Lawsuit Reform.”
But, there… I’ve said too much. I’m probably going to be investigated by the AG’s office after posting that.