Wendy Davis first gained national notoriety for her filibuster against Texas abortion regulations. Now she’s once again in the national spotlight. But this time it’s for distorting the truth in an effort to make her ascendance from poverty to success more appealing to voters.
Davis tells her personal story in a new biographical book that she hopes will help her become the first Democrat Texas Governor in more than two decades.
The problem is that the story told in the book is not exactly true.
Many details have been omitted or altered in the book, but perhaps the biggest missing detail is that Davis’s ex-husband paid for much of her college education at both Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School.
Davis now joins the company of fellow “truth-is-optional” Democrats Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama — all of whom have told blatant lies simply because it was politically expedient to do so.
FORT WORTH — Wendy Davis has made her personal story of struggle and success a centerpiece of her campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Texas in almost a quarter-century.
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, as often happens when public figures aim to define themselves. In the shorthand version that has developed, some facts have been blurred.