"After my accident, I had to rebuild my strength," says Abbott as he is shown rolling his wheelchair into an empty parking garage. "I would roll up an eight-story parking garage, spending hours going up the ramps," he adds, as he is shown, sweat-stained, rolling up the floors. "It would get harder and harder but I wouldn't quit."
The ad is powerful -- among the most powerful I've seen this cycle -- and effectively parries the caricature being drawn by Democrats of Abbott as an ultra-conservative ideological warrior. It humanizes him in an extremely personal and moving way. Just a terrific ad.