Wendy Davis, 50, the Texas state Democratic senator who has her eye on the governor’s mansion, has been caught asserting some things about her self-alleged rough past that aren’t true. Several newly-released details about Wendy Davis’ life insinuate that she has perhaps attempted to look like more of an inspiration to the voters in Texas than her true story actually deserves. According to Yahoo! News on Monday, there are a number of claims Davis has been hanging much of her self-asserted success story on that are simply not accurate.
Davis seems to have exaggerated claims of being a single teen mother living in a mobile home. Critics say that she was actually married until she divorced after her teen years. The hard-luck claim about living in a mobile home was very short-lived experience, as she only lived there for a few months.
According to the report, Davis was 21 years of age – not 19 as she suggested – when her first marriage ended in divorce. The age differentiation comes from Davis’ biography on the Internet versus the Dallas Morning News' findings.
Also, the part of the great success story which suggests Davis went on to college and eventually to Harvard while raising one daughter from her first marriage and a daughter from her second marriage gets a little fuzzy. The Dallas Morning News reported that Davis’ second husband, attorney Jeff Davis had a lot to do with assisting Davis raise the two girls while she got her higher education. Additionally, her second husband helped her with the school bills. Davis’ second marriage ended in 2005. That resulted in Davis’ second husband getting parental custody of the two girls and Davis paying child support.
There was also concern about Davis insinuating that her mother – Ginger Cornstubble – only went to school until the sixth grade. Cornstubble’s Facebook page says her mother attended Muleshoe High School in West Texas.
Davis response to the information being released in the media is, “My language should be tighter. I’m learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail.”
Critics, of course, would assert that she had her details down just fine – but they weren’t true.
To clarify, Davis now says that she lived with her daughters for one year at Harvard, and then she split time between Massachusetts and Texas to see them after that first year. As far as her second husband helping her with educational expenses, she admits that he cashed in a 401(k) retirement account to assist with her expenses of getting the higher education. Regarding her mother’s education, she now claims that her mother made it to the ninth grade.
Not letting go of the hard-luck success story, Davis says, “We’re not surprised by Greg Abbot’s campaign attacks on the personal story of my life as a single mother who worked hard to get ahead.” Gregg Abbott is her competitor for the governorship in Texas. Davis also says, “<The attacks> won’t work, because my story is the story of millions of Texas women who know the strength it takes when you’re young, alone, and a mother.”
Matt Hirsch, Abbott’s campaign spokesperson, threw cold water on Davis’ response. He said that Davis has “systematically, intentionally, and repeatedly deceived Texans for years about her background, yet she expects voters to indulge her fanciful narrative.”