Everyone has been buzzing all weekend about a Wayne Slater article in The Dallas Morning News that asks some tough questions about Davis’ narrative. Specifically it alleges that certain details about her life have been blurred following the lawmaker’s rise to stardom, including her exact age when she divorced and exactly how long she lived in a trailer park. I noted these allegations and a brief summation of personal views on them in the Editor’s section of today’s Houston New Post:
“I am laughing this evening at the absurd standards we hold our public servants to in a random couple of categories without any rhyme or reason to speak thereof. I speak of the article from The Dallas Morning News that sure made the rounds this weekend, in which the honesty of Wendy Davis’ life story has been brought into play following details that do not line up with one another.
The basic falsehoods that the Morning News points to with such indignation and happiness involve rather small discrepancies in the grand scheme of politics. Politicians are not perfect, and given that the blunders occurring here involve venial offenses such as lack of detail, and involve no malice, I do not see that anyone should really care for this type of pedantic posturing all that much.
If we demand total perfection in these categories from our public servants, we should not be surprised when our politicians act like robots, without any sort of human qualities or any personality to speak of.
And lest one accuse me of just blind defenses of a politician I personally support, I would think the Abbott campaign or the Morning News would be better put to use questioning her specific policy prescriptions; or, should I say, lack thereof.”
In response, as the Texas Tribune notes, Wendy Davis has responded to the allegations about her. Specifically, she cleared up the discrepancies noted about her life story. While it was true that she did not actually divorce until 21, she separated from her husband at 19, thus becoming a “single mother” in a way. Further, the dispute over the trailer park residence is rather silly, as she did live in a mobile home. I think the point Abbott and co. is making is that she did not live there long enough.