Democratic Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, mired in controversy for fudging her biography, could still beat Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in the Lone Star State's governor's race, former House majority leader and Texas congressman Tom DeLay says.
"I'm not ready to say no way because, as you know, the left are in Texas and they're trying to change Texas from red to blue and they bring their entire strong coalition," DeLay told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Over the last 15 years, they've put together, probably, the most powerful political coalition I've ever seen before. And you add that to Obama's campaign machine, it's pretty ominous."
DeLay says that Abbott — along with the Texas Republican base — must continue to campaign hard and not "sit on his laurels."
"The Republicans and conservatives cannot just allow this to happen. They've got to get out and work or the left is going to turn out the inner cities in Texas and, just like Obama won, turning out their base could win," he said.
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Davis, who made headlines with her 13-hour filibuster against abortion restrictions last June, has been in hot water since it was revealed that key details in her public personal narrative do not match up with the reality of the facts.
During her campaign, she had repeatedly touted a personal story of having been a divorced teenage mother who lived in a trailer but ultimately fought her way to Harvard Law School.
But it then emerged that she was divorced at the age of 21, despite her claims during a recent hearing under oath that she was 19.
She also neglected to disclose that her second husband paid for the second two years of her undergraduate degree, as well as the full tuition for law school, and that she divorced him the day after the last payment was made.
In addition, it was revealed that her ex-husband accused her in initial court filings of adultery and was awarded custody of their two daughters, and also that she first ran for city council in Fort Worth as a Republican.
The latest controversy swirling around Davis involves the release of a video by the conservative activist site Project Veritas that shows her supporters making fun of Abbott for being in a wheelchair.
“I’m really wondering how this is going to work out, since he’s in a wheelchair and most of the slogans are ‘Stand With Wendy,’” one supporter smirks.
"It's more than outrageous, but it shows you who Wendy Davis is. She has no concept of life and she believes in murdering the unborn and you go from there," DeLay said. "It just shows you her character. First of all, Greg Abbott is good looking and he speaks well and, yes, he is in a wheelchair, but nobody laughs about it.
"He's been a man of incredible character and responsibility. I guess they do what the left normally does, just completely destroy somebody in order to defeat them."
DeLay says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, embroiled in his own scandal over politically-motivated traffic tie-ups allegedly orchestrated by his top aides, stands to emerge stronger than ever and still has a chance to run for president.
"He's always had a chance. We nominated John McCain so anybody, especially a governor, has a chance. In fact, governors probably have more of a chance in 2016 than anybody else. So he's always had a chance and, frankly, the media's overreaching on this one," DeLay said.
"By now, they have not been able to find any smoking gun and they have so pounded on him, as they normally do, and [have not found] him connected with any of this.
"I just think – in fact, I don't think, I know, if you look back over the history of politics, if you overreach like this and you go after the king and don't kill the king, the king comes out of it stronger than ever."
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