The Wendy Davis Life Story That – Wasn’t

The Wendy Davis Life Story That – Wasn’t Image

Wendy Davis – did anyone outside the Texas legislature and her state senate district even know who she was before her filibuster stunt last year?  Not really, but that was all it took to boost her political profile enough to where she felt like she was ready for the big leagues.

While fighting to keep the abortion mills in Texas accessible and dirty, Wendy Davis has branded herself someone who understands struggle, sacrifice, and perseverance.  Actually, that is the cornerstone of her gubernatorial campaign message.  Here is an excerpt from her campaign website before it was scrubbed:

Like any true Texan, Wendy Davis has taken on her share of tough fights.

Raised by a single mother with a sixth grade education, Wendy began working after school at age 14 to help support her mom and three siblings. By 19, she was on her way to becoming a single mother, working two jobs just to make ends meet.

The updated version is not much different:

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.

The only problem with her “true story” is – it’s not actually true.  From Wayne Slater, who isn’t known for being kind to Republicans:

The basic elements of the narrative are true, but the full story of Davis’ life is more complicated, as often happens when public figures aim to define themselves. In the shorthand version that has developed, some facts have been blurred.

Davis was 21, not 19, when she was divorced. She lived only a few months in the family mobile home while separated from her husband before moving into an apartment with her daughter.

A single mother working two jobs, she met Jeff Davis, a lawyer 13 years older than her, married him and had a second daughter. He paid for her last two years at Texas Christian University and her time at Harvard Law School, and kept their two daughters while she was in Boston. When they divorced in 2005, he was granted parental custody, and the girls stayed with him. Wendy Davis was directed to pay child support.

The article goes on to quote Davis’s about the timeline discrepancies: “My language should be tighter…I’m learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail.”

To be fair, we all embellish a little when we market ourselves to others.  Think of all the wordsmithing you do to your résumé before sending it to your next hopeful employer.  That is to be expected with politicians as well, but Davis’s big problem is that her entire campaign is staked on a false narrative.  It’s a false narrative built around a lame filibuster attempt supported by mob-like liberal, “Hail Satan” chanting thugs.

Before Slater’s story even broke, Davis’s chances of being the next Governor of Texas was small at best.  Now that parts of her life story has been found to better resemble swiss cheese than the average Texan, the only purpose she’ll serve by staying in the race is helping attract more liberal donors to the Lone Star State while elevating her profile even more.  Maybe that was her real motivation for running.  If so, political opportunist is a more fitting brand.

While I’m opening up questions about Davis’s integrity I’d like to point out her second ex-husband’s interesting comment:

Jeff Davis told The Dallas Morning News that his wife, by then a Fort
Worth city councilwoman, filed for divorce the day after he made the
final payment on her Harvard school loans.

“It was ironic,” he told The Dallas Morning News. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left.”

Waiting until that last payment before she left him must have been quite a struggle too!

Update, Davis struggles with the truth on Twitter.  From Twitchy:

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