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Despicable: Texas Republicans are Smearing Wendy Davis, Claiming She Wasn’t Actually a Single Mother

Republicans in Texas have claimed that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis lied about being a single mother at the age of 19.

Greater protection for the rights of women and girls has been a center-piece of the state senator’s campaign for governor. Following the bizarre accusation (if one can call it that), Ms. Davis released a statement:

“The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce… I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”

The state senator then released details from her biography which show that she never claimed to have been legally divorced, only that she was a single-mother raising her daughter alone:

“Wendy left home at 17, married when she was 18 and had her first daughter Amber when she was 19. She and her husband lived in a trailer, and Wendy continued to live there with Amber after they were separated. As a single mother at age 19, she often struggled to make ends meet. Wendy filed for divorce when she was 20 and she and Amber lived for a short time with her mother. The divorce became final when she was 21.”

This latest, highly personal and totally spurious attack is entirely consistent with the desperation and nastiness that has informed the GOP’s opposition to Ms. Davis’ candidacy from the moment she announced her candidacy. Having realized that they are on losing ground when it comes to policy, and even fund-raising according to one recent report, the Republican Party in Texas is attempting to smear the state senator with wild and unfounded attacks on her private life and history.

She has responded with typical calm and class, something the GOP are clearly lacking across the board.

 

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About Liam O'Connor

Liam O'Connor
Liam OConnor is a graduate from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where he read politics. While at university his studies included courses on American politics, feminism, and environmental politics. He has had articles published in the Strathclyde Telegraph, the Glasgow Herald and the Washington Post. He is a self-described Marxist, democratic socialist, atheist and humanist. He currently lives just outside Manchester in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He can be reached for comments or questions at [email protected]

9 comments

  1. Just hope she wins the election, they’re going to stoop to new lows to lie about her. . Stay strong Texas women.

  2. Proud–I don’t disagree with what you wrote, but I want to mention that she’s running for governor, not senator. Gov. Good-Hair isn’t running for reelection, so there’s a real shot at getting a Democrat in the office in 2014.

    What’s Perry planning to do? 1. Run for president again, 2, Retire from office, or 3…ummm, I forgot what 3 is. Oops.

  3. Proud Socialist-Kevan Scott

    Adrian, that’s what they’re releasing and claiming they have. Either way, what does being a single mother, or not, have to do with being a Senator? Answer to most of us is nothing, but to these crazy religious fundalmentalist freaks her being a single mother at 19 somehow shows lack of moral fiber and then if she lied about it, more evidence of lack of moral fiber. Which, of course, points directly away from their own candidates lack of judgement, morals, common sense and decency. When will we as Americans judge someone not on things such as religious beliefs but on where they stand on issues of fighting poverty, equality for all, and working for the American people instead of corporations? Those are the issues important to me, social issues along with not clamoring for war as the Republicons do every time they get the chance. See the approval of the resolution for war with Iran just passed for an example of the Republican warmongering! I’d rather not go to war, thank you, and much rather see that money spent on helping the poor, unemployed etc.

  4. Sounds pretty desperate to me. I lived in Texas for 38 years, and I don’t remember such a trivial issue being brought up about Bush, Perry, etc., during their campaigns.

  5. Instead of giving in to the indeed despicable smear she should have demanded from the republicans (or should I have repulsives) to proof she was not a single mother at 19!
    She now gets to the level of the repulsives by defending herself, and that is wrong!

    It are the ones who accuse someone to proof what they state, saa or claim, and when they can not, they must retract it, or be brought before a court of justice, and be sentenced when they can not substantiate their claim!

    Never ever fall into the trap of defending yourself against false accusations, just simply demand proof of the accusation!

    (unless of course you know they are right……… then sit still and keep silent!)

  6. Wish she would also add that attacks on her background are only designed to take attention away from issues facing citizens and the state of Texas.

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