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A favorite among progressive pols is facing new questions about the biography that helped make her a star.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, a Democrat, admitted over the weekend that her language should have been “tighter” in describing her troubled early years.
Here’s what the Dallas Morning News reported:
“While her state Senate filibuster last year captured national attention, it is her biography — a divorced teenage mother living in a trailer who earned her way to Harvard and political achievement — that her team is using to attract voters and boost fundraising. The basic elements of the narrative are true, but the full story of Davis’ life is more complicated.” More: “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.”
Davis, who became a national Democratic star after her filibuster against new abortion rules, raised more than $12 million in the second half of 2013 as she campaigns to replace Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Her opponent is Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.