Wendy Davis Shares Stage with Planned Parenthood Director Amid Effort to Distance Self from Abortion
On Tuesday, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis shared the stage with Planned Parenthood’s director, Cecile Richards, after months of diligently attempting to distance herself from her one claim to fame—late-term abortion advocacy.
Both Davis and Richards were special guests, with Davis as the keynote speaker, at an event held by the Travis County Democratic Party in Austin, Texas.
The move raised eyebrows because Davis’s campaign was born as the Texas State Senator did a historic filibuster to prevent both greater health standards for women receiving abortions and restrictions on late-term abortions—measures that abortion advocates felt were restrictive to women's choices.
Davis’s campaign has been dependent on that single issue for national fundraising. However, the topic does not sit well with the majority of Texans. The campaign has desperately attempted to distance their candidate from that issue.
Experts in the state have begun questioning the maturity of Davis’s campaign after she was exposed exaggerating her personal life narrative as a core selling point for her stardom. Not only did Davis engage in dishonesty, but she refuses to apologize, attacks reporters who question her, and simply will not move on—a fact not missed by even left-leaning press in the state of Texas.
Accusations that her campaign is not ready for prime time have begun, and that narrative will likely grow.