Has Wendy Davis Become A Liability For Democrats?

Wendy Dave / Wendy Davis for Governor website image
Wendy Dave / Wendy Davis for Governor website image

WASHINGTON, January 22, 2014 – Hailed by Democrats as a hero for her 11-hour filibuster against abortion regulations last year, Wendy Davis got herself into quite a pickle recently when a left leaning reporter for the Dallas Morning News raised questions about the “blurred” timeline she shares with constituents as she travels the state of Texas campaigning for governor.

I’m a tad less fluffy when it comes to word choice, so let’s be clear – Wendy Davis is lying to constituents, and took to twitter yesterday in a bit of a panicked state to try and convince followers she’s a victim in this little dustup. Based on the responses she got, she didn’t exactly do herself any favors by doubling down.

Indeed, the story of her early life is not at all unique. The young daughter of a single mother, she went to work at an early age. There’s no doubt she struggled. What happened next in her life is where the details get a tad fuzzy.

In fact, it’s not her opponent that’s calling Davis to task on the facts, it’s her ex-husband, a former co-worker, and a leftwing reporter who also happens to be a contributor over on MSNBC.  Wayne Slater announced on Twitter that he talked to no one in researching the Davis story.

The thing is, it’s not an entirely true story. Like Slater points out in his extensive article at the Dallas Morning News, only pieces of her story are true. Davis was never a divorced teen mom, she was a 21-year-old divorcee. She lived for a short while in a trailer park, dated a lawyer 13 years her senior, and eventually got married. Once married, her husband paid for her final 2 years at Texas Christian University, and footed the bill for her to attend Harvard by cashing in his 401(k) and eventually taking out another loan.

One of the nuggets she has failed to share with constituents is that the very day after her husband paid her final bill at Harvard, she walked out leaving not just him, but two young daughters. She was later ordered to pay child support to the tune of $1200.

Surely her remarks that Abbot knows nothing of struggle are a mistake, given the fact that he is in a wheelchair. I’m fairly certain he’s far more acquainted with “struggle” than she is.

Considering the report released in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday, the accusation that Davis is being less than truthful in the telling of her life story is, in fact, not false. Wendy Davis may be promising to give a voice to her would-be constituents, but her actions last summer were pretty clear: she’s definitely not interested in giving a voice to the unborn.

After the trouble the Davis campaign faced last week when they reported what some say are inflated fundraising totals, it seems she has a lot of explaining to do. Since the story is already old news, I’m not holding my breath that mainstream media types are the least bit interested. I just hope the GOP is paying attention. A false sense of momentum at this point wouldn’t be helpful, because you can bet every last dollar you have that Democrats aren’t going to let “Abortion Barbie” go down without a massive fight – there’s far too much at stake.


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