Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wendy Fights Back

The candidacy of Wendy Davis to be elected governor of Texas is off to a good start. She has raised millions of dollars, equaling or slightly besting her Republican opponent since declaring her candidacy, and most of it comes from small donors (over 85,000 of them).

And her popularity seems to be scaring Republicans. Instead of just debating issues, as is proper, they have been attacking Wendy personally -- telling lies and half-truths about her personal history. This is not unusual for Republicans. They will resort to dirty tricks anytime they feel an election is slipping away from them.

But this time they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Wendy is a fighter (as she proved when defending women's rights in last summer's special sessions). And she's not about to let these scurrilous charges go unchallenged. Here is Wendy's response to the Republican personal attacks:

As our campaign has gained momentum, our opponents have gotten more and more desperate. But now they’ve stooped to a new low by attacking my family, my education, and my personal story – playing politics with the journey that has been my life.

Mine is a story about a teenage single mother who struggled to keep her young family afloat. It’s a story about a young woman who was given a precious opportunity to work her way up in the world. It’s a story about resiliency, and sacrifice, and perseverance.

And you’re damn right it’s a true story.

Throughout this campaign, I’ve shared that story – not because it’s unique, but because it isn’t.

The story of my life is also the story of millions of single mothers who feel alone in the world, millions of young dreamers searching for their chance to become something more than what they were born into, millions of families all across Texas who would sacrifice everything to give their children a better future.

It’s those stories – your stories – that drive my campaign. But Greg Abbott and his allies don’t want to hear them. They don’t have anything to offer Texans who find themselves in the same difficult situation I was in when I was young. They would slam the doors I walked through and pull up the ladders I was lucky to be able to climb.

And now, instead of offering real ideas to improve your life, they’re attacking mine.

It won’t work. The only thing Greg Abbott and his allies have proved with these desperate attacks is that they don’t understand what it means to live a life like mine – a life like that of so many people all across our state.

They don’t know me – and, what’s more important, they don’t know you.

I’m not surprised that the Abbott campaign would resort to attacking the story of a single mother who worked hard to get ahead.

And I’m not afraid of their false attacks – I developed thick skin long before anyone knew my name.

What I am is deeply proud of the life I’ve built and the daughters I’ve raised – and deeply grateful to the many, many people who have shared their stories and offered their support as I’ve traveled our state.

No false attack can take away my story. And no sleazy political trick will stop me from giving voice to yours.

Your stories are why I’m running for Governor. And together, I know we’ll make sure that the Texas we leave to our children is a place where every young mother can build a better life for her child. . . where every family can work their way up the economic ladder. . . where every Texan can achieve their dreams and live out their own success story.

Think Progress offers a good discussion of the untruths the right-wingers have been spreading about Wendy Davis.


  1. you don't have to live in texas to root for a winner, go wendy

  2. "The lady doth protest too much methinks"!

    Er, does that pass your strict rules of engagement, Ted, or are you going to shoot the messenger again?


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