Wendy Davis: Democratic Governors Lack Faith in Campaign

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Friday, 02 May 2014 08:28 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has failed to inspire faith in the Democratic Governors Association in her bid for the governorship. This week the chairman of the organization said the race was not a top priority for his group, and no financial investments will be committed to it.

"We're hopeful in Texas but we'll be candid about the fact that we all understand that Democrats haven't won Texas in a long time. We hope this will be our year," Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said at Democratic fundraiser Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.

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The Davis campaign was outraged by the comments, but political analysts at the newspaper said, "Shumlin's bit of real talk shouldn't be a surprse [sic]." Polling indicates that her opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, leads by double digit margins.

In response to Shumlin's comments, Davis' campaign manager Karin Johanson quipped back, saying, "The uninformed opinions of a Washington, DC desk jockey who's never stepped foot in Texas couldn’t be less relevant to what’s actually happening on the ground."

Democrats haven't won a state-wide election in Texas since 1994, yet many on the left were eager to see her run after she exploded onto the national scene in June by delivering a 13-hour filibuster against abortion restrictions while wearing what became her signature pink running shoes.

Davis also faces an uphill battle after it was revealed in January that she mis-represented herself as a self-made single teen mother who persevered and fought to get to Harvard Law School.

It was later revealed that she lied under oath about her age, and that she was paying child support to her second husband after he won custody of their two daughters whom she left behind when she went to law school.

Her husband said that Davis divorced him the day after he made the last payment on her tuition, which he paid for during the last two years of her undergraduate career and throughout law school. Davis' biography on her website made no mention of her husband's help, saying instead, "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."

Davis also angered her own base when she came out in favor of open-carry gun rights in February.

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