Kevin Sutherland in 2013) is of Wendy Davis -- the Democratic nominee for governor in Texas in the 2014 election. Progressives across the state cheered when she was nominated. We thought we finally had a statewide candidate who was not afraid to campaign as a real Democrat (on progressive principles). After all, she had made a courageous stand in filibustering an odious GOP law that would close most of the state's abortion clinics just the year before.
But it didn't take long for her to disappoint many of her progressive supporters. She caved to the gun lobby, and said she supported allowing citizens to openly carry handguns (and other firearms) in public -- a position that made no sense in light of the enormous gun violence that plagues this country.
She now says she regrets taking that position, and in an article for Politico, tries to explain why she made that decision. Here is what she said:
I am a lifelong Democrat. I proudly boast an “F” rating from the NRA. And, yet during my 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Texas, I supported the open carry of handguns in my state.