Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced he will not seek re-election. That opens the door to a battle for partisan control of the state. I'm sure state Democrats are gleeful that Perry isn't running again since it gives them a better shot at putting a Democrat in the capitol. In fact, recent Democrat darling, Wendy Davis, has nearly got the Democrat nomination cinched and is fully expected to run against the Republican candidate.
Davis, whose recent popularity came from her filibuster against an anti-abortion bill last year, has readily welcomed the idea of running for governor and has done several interviews and made several advertisements (either her or her PAC) about it. She was recently interviewed on NBC by Maria Shriver and following the interview it was pointed out by several other sources that some of the things Davis says about her past, about her upbringing and single mom status, isn't quite accurate.
During the January 15th interview, Maria Shriver stated "Davis grew up poor and at the age of 18 found herself pregnant and married. By 19, she was getting divorced and living in a mobile home park."
An article written for senior political writer Wayne Slater, who is by no means a conservative, stated the following: "Davis was 21, not 19, when she was divorced. She lived only a few months in the family mobile home while separated from her husband before moving into an apartment with her daughter."
Not a big deal, right? So she was off by two years on her age at the time and she technically did live in a mobile home park for a short time. There's more.
Shriver went on to say Davis attended Tarrant County Community College near Fort Worth while working two jobs to keep food on the table.
"I knew I was poor," Davis said, "because of the struggles that I and my young daughter Amber were experiencing. I was having a really hard time making ends meet, paying for my child care, paying for a car payment, and making sure that I kept the lights turned on, sometimes didn't happen."
Again - she looks OK, right? Single mom, struggling to make ends meet and raise her daughter as best she could. Except there's more to it than that.
Mr. Slater's article pointed out a slightly different story.
"A single mother working two jobs, she met Jeff Davis, a lawyer 13 years older than her, married him and had a second daughter. He paid for her last two years at Texas Christian University and her time at Harvard Law School, and kept their two daughters while she was in Boston....When she was accepted to Harvard Law School, Jeff Davis cashed in his 401(k) account and eventually took out a loan to pay for her final year there. "I was making really good money then, well over six figures," he said."
Though he didn't put particular time lines in, Slater went on to say "Davis married again for a time and had her second daughter Drew. Life was looking up and she set her sights on one of the most prestigious law schools in the country."
He detailed how the marriage ended: "Over time, the Davis's marriage was strained. In November 2003, Wendy Davis moved out. Jeff Davis said that was right around the time the final payment on their Harvard Law School loan was due. 'It was ironic,' he said. 'I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left'....In his initial divorce filing, Jeff Davis said the marriage had failed, citing adultery on her part and conflicts that the couple could not overcome. The final court decree makes no mention of infidelity, granting the divorce solely "on the ground of insupportability."
Shriver put her finishing touches on it - presumably to help her gain sympathy from women and thereby gaining votes. "It has been a long, hard road for Wendy Davis to have her voice heard. A journey she says she's very proud of, but one she fears that other women may not be able to follow."
As Slater notes toward the end of his article: "Davis is presenting her story on websites, interviews, speeches and campaign videos. Last week, NBC's Today show became the latest media outlet to showcase the story of Davis' difficult early years in a flattering piece. Using her story to inspire new voters, particularly women, youths and minorities, is a key part of the campaign's strategy to overcome the state’s heavy Republican bent."
Wendy Davis' campaign crew is attacking Republicans for saying her story isn't accurate or complete. In fact, she herself said that her presumed Republican opponent, Greg Abbot, doesn't really know much about struggle. In fact, she said that the fact that Abbot is questioning her story just "proves he hasn't walked a day in my shoes."
Greg Abbot has been a paraplegic in a wheelchair for 30 years. Davis' poor choice of words may or my not have been intentional but I'm pretty sure someone who's been a paraplegic for three decades knows at least a little about struggle.
It's not the overall content of Davis' story that's the problem. It's the fact that it contains untruths that she is passing off as truths and there are large parts missing from the story that matter. She's already telling lies on the campaign trail and hasn't retracted any of them. Instead, when they are pointed out, she attacks the person doing it. Just one more typical liberal politician.
Wendy Davis is attractive, intelligent and successful. Her success does stem from hard work and some sacrifice (but it also can be attributed financially to her ex-husband.) She is very pro-abortion - particularly for single women - which is difficult to understand given the fact that she was a single mom who was raised by a single mom. If Davis' mother had felt as strongly about abortion as Davis does, Wendy might not be here to run for governor. Just a thought.