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Abraham Lincoln Calls on Wentworth to Stop Using His Name

Contact: Sherry Sylvester
May 25, 2012

Great Emancipator was Outspoken Supporter of Lawsuit Reform

(Austin, TX) Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC issued the following statement today on behalf of former President Abraham Lincoln whose name and picture are being exploited on campaign materials distributed by Sen. Jeff Wentworth. TLR PAC spokesman Sherry Sylvester said:

“Sen. Wentworth’s use of Lincoln’s name and image on campaign materials that include false information about TLR goes beyond the obvious irony of “Honest Abe.” Lincoln abhorred lawsuit abuse and would be appalled to learn that his name had been appropriated by Sen. Wentworth, who has received over $874,306 in campaign contributions from personal injury trial lawyers. In his current re-election campaign, fully 42% of his contributions ($649,336) are from personal injury trial lawyers.

In his Notes on a Law Lecture, written on July 1, 1850, Lincoln said:

Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket? A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it.

“As the father of the Republican Party, Lincoln would also undoubtedly be appalled to learn that Sen. Wentworth was the only Republican senator to vote against the reform of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) in last year’s special session, which included provisions to rein in excessive attorney fees that were draining that quasi-governmental body. Lincoln would also condemn Wentworth’s support of two trial lawyer backed bills last session that would have crippled many state businesses and created a windfall for plaintiff trial lawyers. As he added in his Notes on a Law Lecture:”

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Wentworth fabricated a $3 million campaign contribution by TLR PAC on his most recent Abraham Lincoln mailer. It would be more appropriate for Wentworth to include pictures of Houston hurricane lawyer Steve Mostyn on his campaign materials. Mostyn is not only the trial lawyer Wentworth supported when he voted against the TWIA reform bill, he is also the largest contributor to the trial lawyer PAC that is currently bankrolling Wentworth’s campaign. An easy to print image of Mostyn is available at

TLR PAC is the political arm of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the state's largest civil justice reform organization. TLR is a bipartisan, volunteer-led coalition with more than 16,000 supporters residing in 818 Texas communities and representing 1,266 different businesses, professions and trades. For more information about TLR PAC visit