Is Wendy Davis Running for Governor?

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Alan Kotok
Wendy Davis, the "Abortion Superstar," is jerking our chains a little bit. She still won't say whether she'll run for governor in 2014 or just re-election for her seat in the Texas senate. But a Texas lobbyist with "credible sources" has posted on his blog that she's definitely gunning to lead Texas.

"Credible sources tell me that Sen. Wendy Davis will run for Governor in 2014 and not seek reelection to Texas Senate District 10," writes Robert Miller, a Houston-based lobbyist who represents the Dallas Police & Fire Pension System along with energy companies and other big-name clients.

It's a stronger assertion than the one came that came from a strategist for Davis, who told Politico at the end of June that she is "looking very closely" at a run for statewide office, including the governorship. Thanks, that narrows it down. In related news, she may have also looked very closely at a receipt with tiny letters on it.

Davis told reporters on Friday that she'll announce her political plans in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post argued that she should run, but then changed course last week in an incredibly dramatic twist: "On Tuesday, we presented the argument for why Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) should run for governor. Now, it's time to do the opposite."

Update: A Davis staffer has announced that Davis will make an announcement after Labor Day. However, not even Davis is sure yet what she will be announcing. "She is in the process of deciding whether to seek re-election to her Senate seat or to run for governor," the staffer told the Houston Chronicle.


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darkskiesrock
darkskiesrock

I'm a Libertarian, so don't throw any of the Texas Republican/Conservative banter my way. I cannot stand Rick Perry and I cannot stand Wendy Davis. She will lose anything and everything she runs for from this point out - her true colors have shown. She actually hates women and children. Think that is an over reaching statement, if you actually understand the bill and what it says, you would have to come to that conclusion unless you are sheep. I do believe in liberty, personal accountability, small government and individual rights, but there is a point where the CHILD has the right to live and that is when it can survive outside of the mother's womb. Most medical professionals agree that is at over just over 22 weeks when the lungs have developed (I have a friend who had to preemie babies three years a part at 24 weeks and both are doing great today). So Wendy Davis was saying the mother's right to kill a child who can live outside of the womb is OK. That's really pretty sick people. Even you pro abortionists should recognize that. And let me get this straight, many (not all in fairness, but there were many) abortion clinics in the state were nasty, dirty, disgusting dens of filth with shoddy practices.. And many women have died because they are not taken to a hospital after a botched abortion in these bad clinics and even in good clinics, again this is true. A bill that requires them to be clean, regulated, and tied to a hospital is anti-women? Tell me how that works? Seems like women were being looked out for to me. If my wife or daughter were to have these procedures, I would want them no different than any other medical facility. We were pretty close to having what amounted to wire hanger yank em out factories in many parts of the state and especially in smaller, lower economic areas (which pro abortionists say we will go back to - but we were THERE ALREADY FOR THERE in many areas) so is that what you people want to have, easy access even if it means a dangerous situation? The liberal mind is an amazing thing, funny how little things like facts, reality, truth, and responsibility seem to get in the way of that pesky ideology you guys try to shove down everybody's throat. And conservatives are really no better in all fairness, I don't want to hear the religion argument in any of this. it is a basic human rights issue, nothing more and nothing less. I guess the abortion doctor in Philly that murdered those children and was convicted, his clinic is a shining light and example of a top notch operation for you liberals, right? How about post birth abortions, do you support that? I mean come on - there was a comedy video asking that question and many people actually signed the petition. Dumb assery is prevailing in this world lol.

barrbo
barrbo

Isn't she great: ABORTION SUPERSTAR.  Bet she could have had a great job in German late 1930's.  How can anybody be proud of murder?  What a sad state of affairs we have come to when Your campaign slogan  "I say who lives or dies"

ElFlaco714
ElFlaco714

What will be her campaign slogan, "Mandatory Late-Term Abortions for All!"?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Wendy Davis needs to run for governor, because she will lose.  I don't say that as a partisan, but an objective calculation based on her point of view.

First, she's going to lose whatever she runs for. She squeaked into a historically Republican district last election.  She had an uphill climb on that front before she became a pro-late term abortion poster gal.  If she runs for state senate again, she's going to lose.  Her district isn't a Dem district, and she's no longer running against the incumbent.  

She won't win governor, either.  Dems don't win statewide election in Texas, and won't for a long time.  Add in her association as the darling of both the LA/NYC Media establishment and hardcore pro-abortionists, and she'll crash and burn even harder than Bill White.  If Kinky runs and gets all teh crazy votes (and I include myself in the loonies, because I'll vote Kinky) she'll take an even more brutal pummeling. 

So, she's out of a job soon either way.  That means go for governor.  If you are going to lose, lose in a position that at least gives you more exposure, and losing the gubernatorial race will give her another precious few minutes as the LA/NYC Establishment Media darling, which she would hope to be able to parlay into a cushy no-show salary as head of some BS Tides funded foundation somewhere.

Rix1
Rix1

I wonder what brand running shoes she will wear?

roo_ster
roo_ster

Wendy "I Like Killing Babies In Their Sixth Month Of Gestation" Davis will have the lickspittle support of most media outlets, but will not win for gov.  She has made her rep as the "Late Term Abortion Lady" and most moderates get uncomfy with that much grotesquerie.  They are fine with abortion when the baby looks like a blob, not so much when when it looks exactly like a baby.

As long as the GOP candidate doesn't show up to the debate with a dismembered fetus in a mason jar with formaldehyde to shake at the crowd, the GOP candidate will capture the moderate vote, making him the next governor. "Moderates" just don;t want to think too much about the abortion issue and the candidate that makes it a big issue will be punished for making moderates think about it.  Given that is Wendy Davis's ONLY issue thus far, she will lose.

Terrence Wilsön
Terrence Wilsön

YES PLEASE. It would be so nice to have governor with a brain again!

Bill Finstad
Bill Finstad

not only will Davis not have a chance in that gubernatorial race, there are candidates like Konni Burton that care more about taking care of Texans that rubbing elbows with the DC fundraising elite.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

I think for a Democrat to wrest the governorship away from the Republicans in TX, they're going to have to appeal on a very broad scope to independent voters.  This means they're going to have to come to center, or maybe even a bit right of center (considering the center is probably shifted a bit to the right in TX).  Wendy Davis can do this, she can appeal to center and center-right independents (read true libertarians) who tend to lean left on matters of government intrusion on private life.

I don't think she could win in the upcoming election cycle.  There are going to be too many far-right, religiously guided voters, to whom Wendy will simply be "The Abortion B***ch".  For now.  The Republican party has itself a problem, and it's the same problem the Dems had a few years back.  They've gone too far out to the extreme to capture some elusive 'base'.  The Dems have brought themselves closer to center, nationally and in TX, and I think that move has pushed the Reps even further to the right as they try to keep defining themselves.  Unfortunately for the Reps, the 'base' that counts is the voter base, which is mostly moderate, middle of the road voters more concerned with whether or not we'll have jobs for all these kids than they are with whether or not women are having abortions.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I hope Wendy runs for Governor.  The far-right ruling party of Texas has perhaps two more terms, then they're finished.  If Wendy runs a good campaign people who don't vote will get out and get involved.  This is what the Democratic Party needs.  The numbers will be there, if only Texans who should be voting Democratic actually get out and vote.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

As a fan of Wendy Davis, I strongly hope that she will not run for Governor in this election.

No matter how good a candidate she is, and she can be a very good candidate, the odds are too stacked against a Democrat winning the Governor race at this point in time.

Keep the seat she currently has, stay in the news, and look to the next election.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@darkskiesrock I'm also Libertarian, and I applaud you on your argument.  However, I disagree with the argument at several points.  1) Can you put links to stories, articles, coroner's reports or medical review board reports that back up your claims of shoddy clinics and rampant death from botched abortions in TX?  2) I believe in bringing solutions to the table, not creating new and different problems.  How many women in poor, rural areas are going to have to go without healthcare due to this bill?  How is the denial of access to affordable healthcare to the poor not a human rights issue?  That is also what this bill will do, it will shut down clinics that perform preventative healthcare checks, pre-natal checkups, gynecology exams, breast cancer exams, testicular cancer exams and a host of other medical services at low- or no-cost to poor and needy patients.  3)  Are you volunteering to take in these children who are born to teen and single women who either cannot or will not take care of them?  After all, you are here, championing this child's right to be born (for the record I'm against abortions after 22wks), are you willing to do the humane thing and ensure the child's right to a full and viable life?  Are you willing to pay for the child's education, health care, shelter, food, clothing?  That is also what this bill does, it ensures these children will be born and does nothing to prevent unwanted pregnancy in the first place, then it offers no support to the child post partum.  It is basically condemning the child to a hardscrabble existence.  But you needn't worry yourself about this child's life, right?  All you need to do to be "Humane" is make sure the child is born. Right?

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

@darkskiesrock Not trying to troll you, but I feel that any argument that results to calling people sheep is automatically invalid. Might want to avoid that line in the future. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

Got to agree. Her star will never get brighter than it is right now and in modern politics, a big loss is worth more political capital than a small win - and certainly more valuable than a small loss.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@everlastingphelps 

1. she won in a republican majority district for the second time. she was re-elected, her constituents apparently like her. 

2. she didn't run against an incumbent.

3. Davis was a successful attorney before, she would be a successful attorney if not a politician. Doesn't need a "cushy no-show salary", and that isn't her style.

4. you are never, ever, objective.

NightSand
NightSand

@roo_ster I think since you are an extreme, its hard for you to understand a moderate.  She wasn't fighting the 24 to 20 week ban, she was fighting closing almost all abortion clinics in the state with the new restrictions.   In reality, most moderates support having abortion as an option.  

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@roo_ster 

That tactic from a Texas GOP candidate wouldn't surprise me in the least.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@RTGolden1 All comes down to who turns up to vote.  If Wendy (or any other Dem) can't motivate the lazy unvoting ambivalent  mass they are doomed.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@mavdog She may as well run for Governor because she will likely lose her seat.  Her initial election and then by that weird quirk in TX Senate cycle in her re-election, she had President Obama leading ticket.  Even then, she squeaked by.  He's now gone and she will see your normal suburban voter.  If she loses the Senate, she disappears, period.  When she loses for Governor, she might have name recognition for some other endeavor.

Democrats better face that when and if they win the Governorship, their candidate will be Hispanic.  Suburban white males and females won't be there.  If they have some idea that the Hispanics are going to do all the heavy lifting so people a la Ms. Davis can take the spoils, those Democrats better get real.

ryan762
ryan762

@mavdog One argument for running, though, is that her seat may be just as difficult to win as the Governor's mansion thanks to redistricting. And it's better to lose a race few expect you to win than to lose the seat you already have.

And sometimes flukes do happen (one could argue that the last time a Democrat won the Governorship, it was a bit of a fluke, though the state was obviously more open to electing Democrats to statewide office back then than it is now).

NightSand
NightSand

@JaimesonPaul @darkskiesrock also its hard to take you serious when you say you are libertarian, but want government to regulate something, especially a citizen's body.   

 In regards to the abortion debate, do think abortions should be limited to Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas?  And at max only two clinics in those cities?   Because that's what that bill did.  

roo_ster
roo_ster

@NightSand @roo_ster Polling shows a pretty even split for/against abortion in general with a very mushy middle and a several years-long trend slanting a bit pro-life.  That mushy middle will punish what it thinks are extremists and late term abortion is generally considered extreme by the mushy middle, as is a complete ban with no exceptions.  [This is the mushy middle, it doesn't have to make sense.  Mushy Middle wisdom would bifurcate a child to appease two mothers.]

Davis will be remembered for opposing the ban after 20 weeks, (AKA "the sixth month of pregnancy"), not for opposing the ASC requirements.  IOW, defending late term abortion.  

FTR, opposing ASC & doc privelidge with a hospital requirements is both asinine and nonsensical.  When I go for a mere colonoscopy, the place must meet ASC reqts, even though they are just shoving a scope up my backside and not doing anything nearly as dangerous as an abortion.  If my colon rates an ASC, women's uteruses rate an ASC.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@MikeWestEast

The voters in her district went heavily for Romney, her victory was in spite of a repub turnout for the national ticket. If you are of the opinion Obama pulled some lower ticket Dems to victory in 2012, you are painting a picture that few if any agree with.

Davis will keep her Senate seat should she choose to run for re-election.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@roo_ster @NightSand Like NightStand said, you have no understanding of the middle.  Your term 'mushy middle' proves it.  Like any hard right or hard left extremist, you view any deviation from your own perception to be outlandish, non-sensical, and not based in reality.  The middle isn't necessarily as 'mushy' as you think it is.  I am a slightly right of center moderate myself, and my principles, values and morals are as concrete as one can get.  The problem with this debate isn't the 'middle', it's the two extremes.

ASC compliance is a good idea.  Immediate implementation of the bill is moronic, and reveals the true goal of the bill's authors: close the abortion clinics.  On the flip side, the far left needs to open its eyes and come to the realization that though abortion is legal, that doesn't mean it need to be free of regulation or limits, hell even free speech is subject to regulation and limits.

When our country is at its best is when the extremes pull in toward the center, not when the center is pulled out to the extremes.  One of those options has a future, the other is the literal house divided.

NightSand
NightSand

@roo_ster @NightSand You are an extreme pro life person, its okay, but you can't claim to understand the middle if you are.  If the GOP makes Wendy Davis the abortion person, then people will actually read that the ban wasn't on reducing abortions from 24 weeks to 20 weeks, but actually aimed at shutting down most of the clinics.  The author of the bill and Dewhurst said as much.   By needing hosipital admitting rights within 30 miles, you limit where clinics can be and access to much of Texas.   Add to the admitting rights, you are then at the scrutiny of the hospitals administrators, which typically are conservative.   The mushy middle doesn't exist.   The polls that are conducted to show Pro Life in majority are asked if they think people should get abortions, which is drastically different from banning abortions.   The vast majority of Americans don't like abortions, but they also don't like the idea of banning them.  

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@MikeWestEast 

Davis got over 51% of the vote in 2012, a higher percentage than her victory in 2010.

if the republican candidate loses a per cent or two of those Romney voters, they don't have a chance....

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@mavdog She barely won.  If she loses even a per cent or two of those President Obama voters, she's gone.  It does not matter she did much better than President Obama.  It only matters how she gets to 50 per cent + one vote. 

ryan762
ryan762

@mavdog Conventional wisdom is that it should be a more difficult race since it doesn't coincide with the presidential election (even though the district went for her in larger numbers than it did for Obama).

I don't think it's a given at all that she'd lose her seat if she decides to seek re-election. It's just going to be another very hard fought battle with the risk of losing and rewards that may not be worth that risk.

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