Texas Democrat Wendy Davis, a former state senator and failed gubernatorial candidate, has announced her plans to run for Congress in the district currently held by Republican Rep. Chip Roy.
Due to her political history, however, her campaign announcement and accompanying video might ring hollow with many Texas voters.
Davis last ran for office in 2014 as the Democratic nominee for governor against then-Attorney General Greg Abbott, losing by over 20 points.
Her most famous political moment, however, came in 2013 during her time in the state Senate. On the floor of the Capitol, Davis filibustered for 13 hours a bill banning late-term abortions. Her efforts gained her the attention of the national establishment media and propelled her rise to Democratic stardom (and led some on the right to call her “Abortion Barbie”).
Davis now seeks to parlay that stardom into a congressional run in a district that Republican Rep. Chip Roy won by less than 3 percent in 2018.
The former state senator’s announcement video was full of familiar platitudes.
I’m proud to announce my campaign for Congress in TX-21!
I’m running to be a voice for every Texan who feels forgotten by a broken political system. It’s time to make Washington listen — will you stand with me? ✊ >> https://t.co/Uq5mspkToE https://t.co/NFiAXGFxs7
— Wendy Davis (@wendydavis) July 22, 2019
“I’m running for Congress because people’s voices are still being silenced,” Davis said in the video. “I’m running for our children and grandchildren, so they can live and love and fight for change themselves.”
If Davis is really running for the lives of future generations, however, she has some explaining to do.
Davis is a staunch supporter of abortion; her biggest political fight was in protest of a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks.
So is she really running “for our children and grandchildren, so they can live”?
If her pro-abortion comments and vocal support of Roe v. Wade are any indication, she’s not fighting for the lives of future generations — at least not for all lives.
Davis’ other remarks won’t sit well with conservatives, either. Speaking on “The Rabble” podcast in April, she voiced her support for women in politics but made clear that she was referring only to “progressive” women.
“We don’t just need more women … we need more of the right kind of women,” Davis said, according to The Daily Caller.
“Simply by virtue of the fact that you are the right gender does not necessarily mean you will bring the right perspective,” she continued.
Davis has positioned herself as a defender of the next generation and a champion of women’s empowerment. But as her words and actions show, she is neither.
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