Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D) is running for Governor of Texas against State Attorney General Greg Abbott (R). Davis has gained the support of many by sharing her rise from a troubled past. To listen to her talk about herself, you would think this woman struggled for years and worked so hard to rise out of her miserable living conditions and obtain a Harvard education. It’s obvious that she is relying on the sympathy of voters to elect her to the governor’s mansion in Austin, but her sob story isn’t so sobbing after all.
According to Davis, as told by The Dallas Morning News:
“The candidate’s compelling life story begins with 14-year-old Wendy Russell working to help support her single mother in Tarrant County. While still a teenager, Davis married, had a child and divorced, she has said.”
“’I had a baby. I got divorced by the time I was 19 years old,’ she testified in a recent federal lawsuit over redistricting. ‘After I got divorced, I lived in a mobile home park in southeast Fort Worth.’”
“As a working mother raising a daughter, Davis enrolled in Tarrant County Community College.”
“’With the help of academic scholarships and student loans, Wendy not only became the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree but graduated first in her class and was accepted to Harvard Law School,’ her website says.”
However, according to The Dallas Morning News, reality differs from what Davis has been telling the public. The article reports:
“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.”
“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 they divorced in 2005, he was granted parental custody, and the girls stayed with him. Wendy Davis was directed to pay child support.”
Davis has been running a campaign on sympathy but if you want to know the character of both candidates, consider this. Davis has fabricated and lied about her past to gain the sympathy of voters. Greg Abbott was paralyzed at age 26 when a tree fell on him. He has been wheelchair bound ever since but you don’t hear him talking about it or making it an issue in his campaign.
But when the news of Davis’s true past came out, she instantly started attacking Abbott for attacking her past and questioning her integrity. As one person on Twitter commented about Davis’s Twitter attacks:
“That moment when @WendyDavisTexas starts lecturing a man in a wheelchair about the struggle.”
One liberal publication, New York Magazine referred to Davis’s past as just the ‘first bump in the road.’ However, Townhall.com points out that her campaign has been rife with bumps and that her lies are only the latest bump. Referring to the New York Magazine comment, Townhall.com stated:
“First? Clearly, these editors haven’t been following Lone Star State politics. The Democratic senator’s exposed inaccuracy is just the latest in her ‘not ready for prime time’ gubernatorial campaign. First it was absence on the campaign trail, then her inability to answer questions and recently her team’s ‘fuzzy math.’ Not to mention, she has been avoiding the one issue for which she became famous, since it won’t get her many votes in the deeply conservative state.”
Talk about double standards. Remember in 2008 when Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin stumbled on trying to answer a question she hadn’t been briefed on? The liberal media flogged her and then crucified her in their coverage claiming she was too inept to hold such a high position. But where is the media blitz about Davis not being able to answer questions? I would think that Governor of Texas is a high position considering the size and importance of the state.
Hopefully the people in Texas are smarter than Wendy Davis and see her for what she is, not what she claims to be. However, another prominent Democrat lied about her background and Indian heritage and still managed to unseat Republican US Senator Scott Brown, so you never can tell.