Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was catapulted onto the national scene following her filibuster in the Texas Senate in support of abortion. She was almost immediately deemed a Democrat rising star as the national spotlight was thrust upon her. Hoisted upon the stage of unforgettable stories, Davis was praised for ‘overcoming the odds’ as a single mother eventually graduating from Harvard Law School. A few weeks ago, Davis declared candidacy in the governor’s race for the state of Texas. However, the tales of her life’s story are starting to unravel as we learn that much of it is untrue.
The Dallas Morning News revealed this weekend that ‘key facts were blurred’ by Wendy Davis in her campaign. In other words, Wendy Davis is a liar.
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.
When confronted with the discrepancy between reality the compelling story told by her campaign, Davis’s response was weak at best.
“My language should be tighter,” she said. “I’m learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail.”
Given the numerous lies that she has been caught in, does she mean that rather than ‘being focused on the detail’ that she should be focused on the truth?
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