Wendy Davis’ “open letter” on the discrepancies with her biography, reported by the Dallas Morning News, doesn’t actually address any of the discrepancies. Allahpundit touched on this, but the missive illustrates just how much a vote for Wendy Davis (the relatively few there will be) isn’t a vote for a candidate who’s going to do any particular thing as governor, but a vote for a sort of larger truth. Sure, her story might be a little fake, but doesn’t it accurately reflect a bunch of other people’s stories, which are the driving force behind this campaign? To paraphrase another doomed campaigner, “I’m not a liar. I’m you.”
As our campaign has gained momentum, our opponents have gotten more and more desperate. But now they’ve stooped to a new low by attacking my family, my education, and my personal story – playing politics with the journey that has been my life.
Mine is a story about a teenage single mother who struggled to keep her young family afloat. It’s a story about a young woman who was given a precious opportunity to work her way up in the world. It’s a story about resiliency, and sacrifice, and perseverance.
And you’re damn right it’s a true story.
See, that’s the thing. It’s not, and she’s admitted it to the Morning News: “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.”
Throughout this campaign, I’ve shared that story – not because it’s unique, but because it isn’t.
The story of my life is also the story of millions of single mothers who feel alone in the world, millions of young dreamers searching for their chance to become something more than what they were born into, millions of families all across Texas who would sacrifice everything to give their children a better future.
It’s those stories – your stories – that drive my campaign. But Greg Abbott and his allies don’t want to hear them. They don’t have anything to offer Texans who find themselves in the same difficult situation I was in when I was young. They would slam the doors I walked through and pull up the ladders I was lucky to be able to climb.
And now, instead of offering real ideas to improve your life, they’re attacking mine.
It’s a good thing she’s got extra stories to drive the campaign that she can slot in as soon as hers gets fact-checked. My story’s yours, your story’s mine, and we’re all living one struggle that I understand because I’ve been there, man, despite having lied about being there.
It won’t work. The only thing Greg Abbott and his allies have proved with these desperate attacks is that they don’t understand what it means to live a life like mine – a life like that of so many people all across our state.
They don’t know me – and, what’s more important, they don’t know you.
I’m not surprised that the Abbott campaign would resort to attacking the story of a single mother who worked hard to get ahead.
And I’m not afraid of their false attacks – I developed thick skin long before anyone knew my name.
You don’t know my life! It’s not Greg Abbott who unearthed and reported this information. And, the attacks aren’t false. Her facts were false.
What I am is deeply proud of the life I’ve built and the daughters I’ve raised – and deeply grateful to the many, many people who have shared their stories and offered their support as I’ve traveled our state.
No false attack can take away my story. And no sleazy political trick will stop me from giving voice to yours.
Your stories are why I’m running for Governor. And together, I know we’ll make sure that the Texas we leave to our children is a place where every young mother can build a better life for her child. . . where every family can work their way up the economic ladder. . . where every Texan can achieve their dreams and live out their own success story.
If you’re with me, click here and add your name to my letter as a sign of support. Together, we’ll break through these attacks, win this election, and make Texas even greater.
“No false attack can take away [her] story,” but a decent fact-checking took away a few of the juicy parts. Throw her some cash, so she can have all of your stories once she’s an MSNBC contributor, Texas.