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Wendy Davis’s Texas hold ’em: Lost big, so she ditches pro-gun stance to campaign for Hillary

December 10, 2015

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Davis in Vogue: East Coast media people love her, but they can’t vote in Texas

And Davis may fare better on the national scene (especially since she won’t have to run for any office) than she did in Texas, where her main claim to fame was her 13-hour filibuster in 2013 of an abortion-restrictions bill that eventually passed anyway. But she apparently had looked so cute on the state senate floor in her pink sneakers that she caught the attention of Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour. Vogue ran a simpering spread on Davis, photographing her in a designer dress and blonde blowout and focusing on her…clothes: “She loves to put on something nice, dresses by Chloé and Victoria Beckham, and Miu Miu heels or Louboutins,” Vogue writer Heidi Mitchell gushed. “Could Texas turn purple—and is Davis the one to take it there?”

Unfortunately, Texas didn’t, and Davis didn’t. Despite nearly $40 million in campaign contributions from…seemingly everybody except Texans, Davis couldn’t get over such gaffes as discrepancies between the trailer park-to-Harvard Law School story she had fed the press (including Vogue) and the actual details of her life, which included the fact that a well-off former husband, attorney Jeff Davis, had footed most of her bills, including her stint at Harvard.

And now, well–Davis may no longer have much of a political career in Texas, but gun control is a central issue for Hillary, who’s probably written off Texas anyway.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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From → Abortion, Wendy Davis

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