“In the next couple of weeks.” That’s the estimate Texas State Senator Wendy Davis gave to members of the National Press Club Monday, when they pressed her about when she might announce if she’ll run for Texas Governor. “I’m thinking very carefully about it.” She told the group.
Senator Davis was invited to speak at a National Press Club luncheon, at which many high-profile Texas Democrats were spotted in the audience. Senator Davis talked about her life as a 19-year-old single mother. She recalled for the audience how a flat tire once meant deciding what treasured possession to hock. But the talk among the reporters and the many high-profile Democrats who turned out to hear her speak, was not about her past, it was all about her future.
“If she runs, this will be the marquee race in 2014,” said former Democratic Congressman Martin Frost, who came out to hear her speak. “I’ve told her she ought to run.” Frost added that he thinks she can win against Governor Rick Perry’s protege, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has already announced his candidacy.
Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks, who was also at the luncheon, could hardly hide his enthusiasm for a Wendy Davis run. “It is so huge, not just for her, but for Democrats in the state of Texas.” he said. “She has lit a fire that cannot be extinguished.”
Some hints on how Senator Davis is leaning? She’s been testing her ability to raise the estimated $30 million it will take to run for governor:
- Two Washington fundraisers held shortly after Senator Davis’ eleven hour filibuster last June were sold out.
- A big donor to Democratic candidates, Robert Patton, a Texas businessman who is a partner in the consortium that just bought the L.A. Dodgers, attended the luncheon as Senator Davis guest.
- Senator Davis will be speaking at a San Francisco fundraiser thrown for her by woman’s rights group Emily’s List August 16.
As governor, Wendy Davis would be able to singlehandedly stop the assault on the rights and dignity of women in Texas. All the signs say yes! Now we just need Wendy to.
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