Wendy Davis came into the national spotlight last summer after mounting a filibuster in favor of abortion rights on the floor of the Texas State legislature. The media gave her glowing coverage as she was fighting to keep the abortion mills open in Texas. Davis has since transformed the national spotlight into a campaign for governor. She aims to be the first Democrat governor of Texas in almost a quarter of a century.
Throughout her campaign, Davis has been making much of her personal life story—how a divorced single mother pulled herself up by her own bootstraps to get into Harvard and then on to political achievement. But the Dallas Morning News reports that there is more to Davis’ life story. Here’s an excerpt:
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.
For me, the key line in the article comes from a political supporter who also happens to be one of Davis’ former colleagues:
“Wendy is tremendously ambitious,” he said, speaking only on condition of anonymity in order to give what he called an honest assessment. “She’s not going to let family or raising children or anything else get in her way.”
Read the rest here.