A national television ad criticizing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic that was slated to air during Saturday’s University of Texas vs. Rice University football game was pulled minutes before the contest started, according to the group that produced the television spot.
Members of the Lincoln Project, a group of former and current members of the Republican Party who resist the policies of former President Donald Trump, are enquiring as to why the ad they produced and paid for didn’t air. The $25,000 spot was approved by ESPN’s legal department, a Lincoln Project spokesman said.
“Despite being cleared by ESPN’s legal department, 10 minutes before kickoff, we were informed that the ad would not run,” according to a Lincoln Project statement. “When asked why, we were told it was a ‘University-made decision.’ Did Greg Abbott or his allies assert political influence to ensure the advertisement was not broadcast?” A spokesman for Abbott said the governor had nothing to do with pulling the ad. Abbot is a former graduate of University of Texas.
“Once again, instead of focusing on the task of keeping Texans safe from the coronavirus pandemic, it appears they’ve focused their time and energy on censoring those that would hold him to account for his failures,” the statement read. “Indeed, multiple sources in Texas have informed us of the political panic inside the Governor’s office and campaign organization.”
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