Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate in Texas’ gubernatorial race, has been making national headlines recently as details of her life story have come out. An article in the Dallas Morning News recently exposed the truth behind her biography. “The basic elements of the narrative are true, but the full story of Davis’ life is more complicated,” writes Wayne Slater, Sr. Political Writer for Dallas Morning News.
Davis rose to stardom with her filibuster over a Texas abortion law that would no longer allow abortions after 20-weeks, along with new regulations on abortion clinics. The basis of Davis’ campaign is her self-proclaimed “Texas success story.”
In Davis’ book, she claims she was a 19-year old divorced single mother, who worked her way out of the trailer park and into Harvard Law School. In reality, Davis was 21 at the time of her first divorce. She and her oldest daughter, Amber, lived in a mobile home for only a few months before moving into an apartment. In an open letter released by Davis’ campaign, Amber defends her mother saying, “Yes, we lived in a trailer. Does it matter how long? Not to me.”
While working two jobs, she met Jeff Davis, a lawyer 13 years her senior. They were married and Wendy Davis had her second daughter. Jeff Davis paid for his wife’s final two years of her undergraduate at Texas Christian University as well as law school at Harvard University. Davis graduated from Harvard Law in 1993, and in 2003, Wendy Davis moved out, around the time her husband was finally paying off her loan for law school. “It was ironic. I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left,” Jeff Davis said.
After their divorce in 2005, Jeff Davis gained custody of their daughters, and Wendy Davis was directed to pay child support. Davis’ youngest daughter Dru says that Davis “has always shared equally in the care and custody of my sister and me.” The problem with her daughters’ defense is that Davis admitted to these so-called accusations by Slater. According to Jeff Davis, “She said, ‘I think you’re right; you’ll make a good, nurturing father. While I’ve been a good mother, it’s not a good time for me right now.’” This is contrary to the alibi provided by her daughters. While her ex-husband admits she would make a good governor, he seems to agree that she will put any kind of spin necessary to pull on peoples’ heartstrings. “My language should be tighter,” she said. “I’m learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail,” she explained in her interview.
Her account of being a hard-working single mother who did everything on her own with no help from anyone–aside from the government, as she does admit to using state and federal grants, loans, and scholarships to attain her education–couldn’t be further from the truth. Jeff Davis got her through TCU. Jeff Davis got her through Harvard Law. Rather, a MAN helped her. A man. This is the absolute antithesis of feminism and women’s liberation ideology. Wendy Davis believes the moral of her story is if you work hard, you will be rewarded. The real moral is quite the opposite. According to Ann Coulter, “Find a Sugar Daddy to Put You Through Law School!”
Alex Braud | Maple Woods College | @BraudAlex