Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis’s conversations.
The Fort Worth legislator made a national name for herself in June when she mounted a filibuster against new proposed abortion clinic regulations. Texas Republicans ultimately passed those restrictions into law in a special session called by outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
Davis advisers declined to confirm that she will enter the governor’s race, but Davis consultant Hector Nieto said the senator has made up her mind about 2014 and will unveil her plans next week.
State and national Democrats have wooed Davis over the past few months for the uphill campaign against Republican state Attorney General Greg Abbott, the presumptive GOP gubernatorial nominee. She signaled in an email to supporters this month that she would state her intentions for 2014 at an event at the beginning of October.
What are Davis’ chances of winning? Texan Bryan Preston over at PJ Tatler writes in response:
Davis is one of the most leftwing members of the Texas legislature. She is out of step with Texans on a number of issues, including late-term abortion and Second Amendment rights. Her likely Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, is well within the Texas voters’ wheelhouse on both of those issues and many others. He also already has a massive campaign war chest.
Having said all that, Democrats recognize that they will have the media behind Davis like no other previous candidate since the state last elected a Democrat governor in 1990. Davis will haul in major out-of-state money and Battleground Texas can be expected to make as much out of the contest as possible. Hollywood will turn out strong for her. While Davis loses the top job and probably her state Senate seat as well, her run may well energize some voters who just can’t get enough of the failed leftwing blue state model of government and countenance absolutely no restrictions on abortion whatsoever.
The Texas Democrat Party of “white primary” infamy has no real base in this state, and relies on ambulance chaser money, Beltway agitators and the DNC to survive. The real game here is to make Democrats more competitive in Texas, and Davis could move that effort ahead a few yards in a way that, say, the boring liberal trial lawyer Bill White could not.
Yep. That’s my real concern – not that she’ll win next year (I don’t think she will), but that Davis and her ilk will aid in helping eventually turn Texas “purple”, much like Democrats are trying to do to NC again. That being said, the last Texas Democrat governor was a pro-choice, pro-gun control female – Ann Richards (mother of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, who is a big supporter of Wendy Davis) – so Texas is not exactly averse to electing people to the governor’s seat that you’d think they normally wouldn’t take a second look at. Just some food for thought there.
Anyway, with the “official” announcement of her candidacy coming up soon, I can’t help but think of all the little aborted unborn babies off of whose backs she’ll continue to raise campaign funds. It’s a stark reminder that no matter how attractive outside packaging is, what’s on the inside can still be very, very ugly.