Wendy Davis may be far behind her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, in the race for governor of Texas in the polls and in fund raising, but she remains the odds on favorite in Hollywood and among labor leaders and trial lawyers. She has raked in considerable amount of money from these three sources, according to a Wednesday story in the Dallas Morning News. But, as the Daily Caller suggests, this support from liberal special interests can be a two edged sword.
Abbott’s campaign jibed, ““Given her busy out-of-state fundraising schedule and campaign cash from liberal donors in Hollywood and New York, Sen. Davis has made it clear that she prefers rubbing elbows with celebrities than talking to Texas voters.”
“Among the famous names are director Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw. And Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, hosted a May fundraiser in California. Each couple gave Davis $25,000 for her governor’s race.
“Actress Jennifer Garner also contributed $25,000. Actor Matt Damon and actress Marlo Thomas each gave $5,000, and Los Angeles movie producer Linda Obst contributed $2,500.
“TV and film actress Holland Taylor, who wrote the one-woman show ANN!, in which she played former Texas Gov. Ann Richards on Broadway, gave $2,500.
“Other contributions from Hollywood notables include $1,000 each from actress Elisabeth Shue, singer Barbra Streisand, filmmaker Judd Apatow and actress Carrie Fisher; $500 from Tom Hanks; and $250 from Leonard Nimoy. Filmmaker Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Roy Disney, co-founder with brother Walt of the Walt Disney Co., gave $5,000.”
Abbott recently reported having $35.5 million on hand. Davis had only a paltry $13.1 million. Moreover Davis has spent a considerable amount of time fundraising outside the state of Texas, a lot of it undisclosed. Abbott, by contrast, has itemized each campaign contribution, noting that 95 percent of his funding comes from inside the state of Texas.
The latest RealClearPolitics poll average has Abbott ahead of Davis by a whopping 12.6 percent. This suggest that despite Davis’ star power brought on by her famous filibuster of a late term abortion bill in the Texas state senate, her popularity among actual Texas voters seems to be lacking, to say the least. The abortion bill, by the way, eventually passed.
Texas has been a solid Republican state for almost two decades. Democrats, noting the changing demographics of the Lone Star State, with more Hispanics, hope to change that state of affairs. But it seems that Davis, who is more popular among big money donors outside the state than within voters within, is not likely to be the instrument for making that happen. With a border crisis angering many Texans and relative economic prosperity buttressing Republican office holders, Texas is expected to remain red for some time to come.