Wendy Davis lashes out at 'sleazy political trick'

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by MARIE SAAVEDRA / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas — With a life story that her campaign promotes as a strength, Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis has earned supporters across the state of Texas.

But in the last 48 hours, the details of that story have taken a hit.

For years now, Davis has said that she was a divorced teenage mother who had to make it on her own. But reporters have discovered she was 21 when she was divorced — not 19 — and that her second husband paid for most of her college education.

So in hopes of setting her record straight, Davis posted an open letter to voters on her website Tuesday afternoon.

In her letter, Davis takes aim at her opponent in the Texas governor's race, Attorney General Greg Abbott.

"...they’ve stooped to a new low by attacking my family, my education, and my personal story — playing politics with the journey that has been my life."

"No false attack can take away my story. And no sleazy political trick will stop me from giving voice to yours."

Davis did not clarify any inconsistencies in her narrative.

"She's trying to get stronger with this and intensify her language," said Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy.

Tarrant County voters are torn on whether these discrepancies matter.

"The truth matters,” said Lyn Downing. "Any lie on anything, mis-truth, whatever... I truly think you shouldn’t do that."

Maria Martinez continues to support Wendy Davis. "She may have misspoke, yeah, but it’s what she’s doing now that matters — not what she did 20 years ago," Martinez said.

But voters also know it is early in the campaign.

"In the end, when it comes down to it in November, it won’t come down to what details they like or don’t like — it’ll come down to who they want as governor: Greg Abbot or Wendy Davis," Kennedy said.

E-mail msaavedra@wfaa.com

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