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Davis narrows her choices

Governor or re-election, no other options.

Sen. Wendy Davis

Sen. Wendy Davis

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, said Monday that she will either run for re-election or for Texas governor, and that she’s working hard to make her decision.

Speaking at a National Press Club luncheon, Davis said those were the only two options, and that she’s not considering joining the lieutenant governor’s race. She did not indicate when she’ll make up her mind.

“People do feel we need a change from the very fractured, very partisan leadership we’re seeing in Texas right now,” she said.


In her speech on Monday, Davis painted Texas Republicans as being driven by party politics, criticizing Perry in particular for his job-luring trips to New York and California and his veto of equal work-equal pay legislation. Davis tried to portray herself as above party interests, saying she had worked on “issues people don’t usually associate with Democrats” such as transportation and water funding.

“I will seek common ground because we must,” Davis said. “But sometimes you have to take a stand on sacred ground.”

Davis also spoke out against the restrictions on abortion clinics lawmakers recently passed and previous cuts to family planning in Texas, saying she relied on free and low-cost women’s health care as a young woman. “Partisan legislation on top of years of significant budget cuts has cut that access for tens of thousands of women across the state,” she said.

Following her address, Matt Angle, a senior strategist for the Davis campaign, said he expects her to make a decision on her political future before Labor Day.

There had been some speculation that perhaps Lite Guv was a better spot for Davis, since no one has as loaded a campaign warchest as Greg Abbott, and Davis would likely get to go up against either David Dewhurst or Dan Patrick, both of whom would be perfect foils for her. I thought there was some merit to that, but it not surprisingly generated some pushback, most eloquently from Harold Cook. I don’t know if the Davis-for-Lite-Guv thing was ever an actual thing or just something that we talking heads dreamed up to keep ourselves busy in between actual bits of news – and hey, I am fully aware of my own role in this – but whatever the case, it ain’t a thing now. I wish Sen. Davis all the best in making up her mind, and I do not envy her that choice one bit. Texpatriate and Texas Leftist have more.

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