January 20, 2014

Wendy Davis -- Imprecision Or Obfuscation?

I wonder how long until Wendy Davis sues to silence the press over THIS negative story that shows her to have lied to the people of Texas about her life story.

In an extensive interview last week, Davis acknowledged some chronological errors and incomplete details in what she and her aides have said about her life.

“My language should be tighter,” she said. “I’m learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail.”

Yeah -- a little bit tighter. You know, like being more truthful in presenting her life story.

Take this, for example. Wendy claims to have been divorced at age 19. Of course, that isn't true.

She was 17 and still in high school when she moved in with her boyfriend, a construction worker named Frank Underwood. She got pregnant, married and “some time between [age] 19 and 20 was when Frank and I separated,” she said.

Davis remained in the mobile home a few months, then moved in with her mother before getting her own apartment. She got custody of her daughter, Amber, and Underwood was ordered to pay child support.

Under terms of the divorce, he got a boat, the mobile home and the responsibility for the mortgage on it. She got a 3-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix, a 1972 Firebird and a 1967 Chevy pickup. Davis was 21.

So you see, even basic details she ought to be able to remember are conveniently fudged when it makes the narrative better.

And then there is what happened next.

Four nights a week, Davis was also waiting tables at her father’s Fort Worth dinner theater, Stage West. It was there that she met her future husband, Jeff Davis, a 34-year-old friend of her father’s.

“One day at the end of a meeting, Jerry asked, ‘How do you like younger women? My daughter wants to go out with you,’” Jeff Davis said in an interview. “I was flattered so I took her out. We dated two or three years, then got married.”

While they dated, Wendy Davis enrolled at Texas Christian University on an academic scholarship and a Pell Grant. After they married, when she was 24, they moved into a historic home in the Mistletoe Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth.

Jeff Davis paid for her final two years at TCU. “It was community resources. We paid for it together,” Wendy Davis said.

When she was accepted to Harvard Law School, Jeff Davis cashed in his 401(k) account and eventually took out a loan to pay for her final year there.

Of course, even that isn't it the whole truth -- Jeff Davis was a board member and donor for the theater group run by Wendy's dad, and encouraging a dating relationship between 34-year-old Davis and his 21 year old father ensured that he had Davis' continued financial support and an ally on the board. And for Wendy, it was quite convenient that her deadbeat dad helped set up a relationship that would benefit both himself and his daughter financially.

But what happened next is , shall we say, quite intereting.

Over time, the Davises’ marriage was strained. In November 2003, Wendy Davis moved out.

Jeff Davis said that was right around the time the final payment on their Harvard Law School loan was due. “It was ironic,” he said. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left.”

* * *

In his initial divorce filing, Jeff Davis said the marriage had failed, citing adultery on her part and conflicts that the couple could not overcome. The final court decree makes no mention of infidelity, granting the divorce solely “on the ground of insupportability.”

So -- just as soon as the loans for Harvard are paid off, she left. That speaks volumes. So does the claim of infidelity. If we had real journalists in this state, it would be quite the thing for them to delve into that matter and find out who the affair was with. After all, Wendy Davis has made her life story the central feature of her campaign, so we Texans have a right to the answers to these questions.

I'm particularly struck by this quote from one of Wendy Davis' colleagues.

A former colleague and political supporter who worked closely with Davis when she was on the council said the body’s work was very time-consuming.

“Wendy is tremendously ambitious,” he said, speaking only on condition of anonymity in order to give what he called an honest assessment. “She’s not going to let family or raising children or anything else get in her way.”

He said: “She’s going to find a way, and she’s going to figure out a way to spin herself in a way that grabs at the heart strings. A lot of it isn’t true about her, but that’s just us who knew her. But she’d be a good governor.”

Wow -- "a lot of it isn't true". In other words, Wendy Davis will lie to the people of Texas in order to bamboozle them into voting for her. Sounds like another politician who ran for office on a platform of change and whose biography has been shown to be full of errors and omissions.

Of course, imprecision seems to be a big part of Wendy's modus operandi. Consider her recent campaign fundraising report. Roughly a quarter of the $12.2 million she claimed to raise came from Battleground Texas, And while she claims some 84K small donors, these numbers should raise some eyebrows.

Big donors to Sen. Wendy Davis include an Austin physician who gave $1 million, according to the first report of hers to be posted online.

Davis earlier said she raised $12.2 million in the six-month reporting period that ended Dec. 31, counting donations to two of her accounts and the Texas Victory Committee.

The committee is a joint effort with Battleground Texas, which is dedicated to making Texas competitive for Democrats. The Davis campaign says the committee is focused on her election, with emphasis on a grassroots effort.

The $1 million donation from Carolyn Oliver of Austin, who lists her occupation as physician, is the biggest in the Wendy R. Davis for Governor Inc. report.

The campaign committee reported raising nearly $4.2 million and having $2.9 million in cash on hand.

Other large single donations included $250,000 from Fort Worth investor Robert Patton, who is one of the owners of the LA Dodgers; and $150,000 from Louise Carvey of Fort Worth, listed as retired.

Davis also got $125,000 from the American Federation of Teachers and $100,000 from Sara Morgan of Houston, community volunteer.

My colleague David Saleh Rauf, who is combing through the report, also tallied up in-kind contributions from big groups and bigtime Democratic contributor Steve Mostyn of Houston (whose donations came in the form of travel). They total about $776, 000, including:

Battleground Texas — $284,037
Lone Star Project -– $201,083
Emily’s List -– $147,681
Planned Parenthood: – $74,512
Mostyn Law Firm – $50, 577
NARAL – $18,236

Sort of puts her fundraising in perspective -- and makes her claim of having a grassroots campaign somewhat suspect.

But then again, that's just Wendy Davis.

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