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January 22, 2014

Wendy Davis’s story is complicated by stubborn facts

Filed under: Biography,People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 12:40 pm

Several months ago, Express-News reporter Peggy Fikac warned that a harsh spotlight awaited Wendy Davis, who had been trying to present her life as an “up from her bootstraps” story.  According to Fikac, the story of Davis’s life was “complicated…. a more nuanced story when you learn that she didn’t make the whole journey alone.”  The man behind her success was lawyer, former Ft. Worth councilman Jeff Davis.  Coincidentally, Davis, who was a single mother in a trailer park for only a few months, was matched with Jeff Davis by Davis’s father, another man who played a significant role in her life, but doesn’t fit with the single-mother storyline that she is trying to sell.

This past Sunday, the Dallas Morning News published an article by Wayne Slater that further put the lie to Wendy’s propaganda.  The article was headlined – “As Wendy Davis touts life story in race for governor, key facts blurred.”  The article, as presaged by Fikac, revealed that Davis’s advancement was not as a single mother, but rather as the wife of a successful Fort Worth lawyer, Jeff Davis, who put her through college and law school and was primarily responsible for raising both her child and their child.  Just as significantly, when they moved for divorce in 2003, he alleged her adultery and was awarded custody not only of their kid but also of hers.  The article noted the following:

  • A former colleague and political supporter who worked closely with Davis when she was on the council said the body’s work was very time-consuming.  “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.”

Following publication of the article, Davis attempted to clarify her rags-to-riches story, while admitting that some of her facts were in error.  The facts are a stubborn thing.

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