Politico, as well as the Texas Tribune, report on comments recently made by Wendy Davis in Washington, D.C. “I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: either for my state Senate seat or for the governor. I’m still trying to decide, but I do think people are ready for a change from the partisan, very fractured leadership we have in Texas,” Davis said.
As I have remarked before, these comments represent a steep reversal from what she was saying back in March. The fact that she is even talking about running for Governor means she has changed her mind on future plans in at least some meaningful way.
What her comments really mean is that she is not running for Lieutenant Governor. As no influential individuals in this State have seriously suggested Davis’ candidacy for Attorney General, Comptroller, etc, this is really just about that. Harold Cook summed it up pretty well when he delineated the reasons why a candidacy for Lieutenant Governor would be a really, really bad idea.
The Tribune article notes that Davis will make a more formal announcement “before Labor Day.” We will have an inkling as to what her plans will be based upon where the announcement takes place. If in Fort Worth, it is re-election to the Senate. If San Antonio, it is for Governor.
As I have written extensively before, Wendy Davis truly needs to run for Governor, for a multitude of reasons. While I do not believe it to be very feasible that Wendy Davis could defeat Greg Abbott in a general election, there are other important factors at play. First, she could lose by very little, like with 48% of the vote, thus proving to national audiences that Texas could be competitive. Next, she could be the Democrats’ Barry Goldwater, transforming the party and moving it forward towards a future victory. Finally, she could help downballot Democrats in Bexar & Harris Counties, as well as whomever runs to succeed Davis in the State Senate.
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