At a little after 4:30 local time, Wendy Davis took to a stage in a suburb of Forth Worth –the same stage she received her High School diploma on– and announced her candidacy for Governor.
The speech was full of some good, well-prepared lines, but lacked any good one-liners or sound bites. Essentially what I would expect out of one of President Obama’s speeches, or even Julian Castro. While there will be plenty who will be eager to compare this election to 1990, and Wendy Davis to Ann Richards in the process, I am going to shy away from such a comparison. What made Richards so great is that she was folksy and had was a remarkable orator. What makes Davis great is her inspirational backstory and her ability to put her money where her mouth is. Both are great qualities in candidates, but let us not make the mistake of confounding them.
Wendy Davis will
most likely face Greg Abbott, the Attorney General, as the Republican nominee. The election will be entertaining and intriguing to watch. The advantage, by far, is with Abbott though the momentum lies with Davis. Additionally, all bets are off if a Tea Party backed Independent candidate, such as Debra Medina, decides to run as a spoiler.
But this is the worst kept secret in Texas politics since figuring out the Lieutenant Governors of the 20th Century drank too much. Everyone already knew this, so there are more pressing things to discuss currently.
First and foremost, this sets the ball rolling for other Democrats to announce their intentions. State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) has long been openly flirting with a campaign for Lieutenant Governor (side note: the Republican LG candidates outdid themselves once again tonight) on the condition that Wendy Davis run for Governor. Well, the condition has been met, so I do not know what Van de Putte’s new timeline is.
One of the other names mentioned is State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), who is discussing a run for Attorney General. At Davis’ speech today, Urseti told the Houston Chronicle that he is still thinking about it.
But tonight, all eyes should remain on Davis as she launches her gubernatorial campaign: