You can’t get away with lying about things in the public record

State Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX-10th District) made quite a name for herself with her filibuster of pro-life legislation in Texas. Her filibuster succeeded, initially, but Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) called a special session of the state legislature, and got the legislation passed anyway.

Nevertheless, with her new-found fame, the lovely Mrs Davis has decided to run for Governor of Texas. Now, when you first go to her campaign website, you get this fund-raising appeal, with this statement:

Her opponent, Greg Abbott, is part of the special interest crony class of insiders. He’s already got tens of millions of dollars in his war chest. And since there are no limits on campaign spending, the right wing special interests are already pouring money into attacks against Wendy.

Apparently, The Washington Post, a liberal newspaper in our nation’s capital, is one of those “right wing special interests”:

Wendy Davis admits to fuzzy facts in bio
By Nia-Malika Henderson | January 19 at 6:20 pm

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who is running for governor of Texas, has admitted that some of the public details about her personal history are incomplete or inaccurate, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.

Davis, a rising Democratic star, has touted herself as a Texas success story. She was a divorced teenage mother who went from living in a mobile home, juggling low-wage jobs and going to community college to graduating from Harvard Law School.

The up-from-nowhere narrative, which emerged during an 11-hour filibuster she staged in June to oppose abortion restrictions, has been a central part of her candidacy and appeal, helping to boost her national profile and fundraising efforts.

But the Dallas Morning News reveals a more complicated narrative.

According to the paper, Davis was not a divorced working mother living in a mobile home at age 19. Instead, she was 21, and lived in a trailer for a short time. Then after a stint living with her mother, Davis moved into her own apartment.

At 24, she married Jeff Davis, a lawyer who, according to the report, helped pay for her final two years of college and cashed out his 401(k) and took out loans to help finance her Harvard law degree.

The marriage eventually ended in divorce, with Jeff Davis getting custody of the couple’s youngest daughter and Wendy Davis paying monthly child support.

More at the original, but the link to the Dallas Morning News article is a bit more damning. The Post left out interesting little facts, such as the one that her second husband, Jeff Davis, is 13 years her elder. That might be seen as a trivial thing, completely inconsequential, but, as Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion pointed out, Mrs Davis moved out the day after Mr Davis made the final payment on her student loans from Harvard. Some people might infer from this that she had married Mr Davis for his money, though your Editor would certainly never do that. dripping with sarcasm

There’s more, of course, and much of it isn’t pretty. Mrs Davis gave custody of their daughter to her husband, something rather unusual, and something about which, again, we are not supposed to infer things about the mother, but of course, some people will, and your Editor is one of those people who will infer things from that.

Texans are smart people, as is demonstrated by the fact that they normally vote for conservatives, which means that Mrs Davis is facing an uphill battle. But one way to lose that uphill battle is to lie to the voters from the beginning, and it looks like Abortion Barbie has done just that.
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