Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 21, 2014
Whoops! Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis heinously overstepped her bounds Tuesday when she tried to pin the recent attacks on her hole-filled biography to her main political opponent in November’s race by claiming that he hasn’t “walked a day in my shoes.” Problem is that said opponent – Republican state Attorney Greg Abbott – is a paraplegic who hasn’t been able to walk in more than three decades.
Davis made this most recent gaffe in a statement Tuesday afternoon (embellishment Red Alert Politics.)
“We’re not surprised by Greg Abbott’s campaign attacks on the personal story of my life as a single mother who worked hard to get ahead. But they won’t work, because my story is the story of millions of Texas women who know the strength it takes when you’re young, alone and a mother. I’ve always been open about my life not because my story is unique, but because it isn’t.
The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce. And I knew then that I was going to have to work my way up and out of that life if I was going to give my daughter a better life and a better future and that’s what I’ve done. I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”
Davis also penned an open letter on her website defending the factual accuracy of her biography; this time, however, leaving out any reference to walking in her shoes.
As of press time Abbott’s campaign had yet to release a statement.
The Dallas Morning News printing a scathing debunking of her personal history Monday morning, in part based on facts told to the paper by Davis’ ex-husband Jeff. In the article, Jeff details having helped fund her college and law school education – in the process draining his retirement savings – essentially causing her entire narrative of being an impoverished single mother who put herself through school on her own crumble under its own weight.
Wendy Davis, whose claim to national fame being an 11-hour filibuster on the state Senate floor last summer in protest of a bill to limit abortions after 20 weeks, had previously made her background and positions on women’s rights a central part of her campaign in the hopes of framing herself as the poster child for feminism in 2014.
A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll conducted last November has Abbott leading Davis 40 percent to 34 percent, with 25 percent still undecided. Abbott is also believed to have a significant fundraising advantage on Davis as well, according to The Washington Post.