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:
[box type=”shadow”]”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.”[/box]
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:
[box type=”shadow”]”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.”[/box]
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.