After months ducking and dodging the question, State Sen. Wendy Davis (finally) announced October 3 that she will be running for governor of our great state of Texas. The rumor mill began churning a week ago when the Associated Press published reports that Davis was officially launching her campaign.
The world (and her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott) has had months to prepare for this moment. In fact, the attacks against Davis have already kicked into full gear in the past week.
AP reports that an anti-abortion group is running bilingual attack ads in markets along the Texas border. Meanwhile, Greg Abbott is buying up air time with his brand new "Preserve Texas" video, in which he's fishing and shooting rifles (which, we noted, he handled pretty well!).
There are even polls that put Davis and Abbott within 8 percentage points of each other. Did we mention that she just announced she was running today?
Wendy Davis became a household name after a 10-hour filibuster at the State Capitol to kill one of the strictest abortion bills in the country. (The bill eventually passed in a special legislative session.) She took the podium at the Haltom City high school coliseum where she earned her diploma 32 years ago and opened her speech with these words:
We’re here because we care about Texas. We’re here because we care about Texans. And we’re here because we believe it’s time to give all Texans a voice in their future and a place in Texas’ future.
After many more quote-worthy lines about Texas and Texans, Davis closed with the words everyone wanted to hear:
Texas has always been a promise — the promise that where you start has nothing to do with how far you can come. Our future is brightest when it's lit by everyone's star. And that's why, today, I'm proud to announce my candidacy to be the 48th governor of this great state.