By Anna M. Tinsley
Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Wendy Davis is ready for a rough road to November.
The Fort Worth Democrat said she knows her bid to become Texas’ first female governor since Ann Richards won’t be easy.
“Politics is war,” she said Friday during an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial Board, when asked how her gender comes into play. “I feel like I have a very legitimate candidacy.”
“For the first time, I think, in a long time, people in Texas believe we have the opportunity perhaps to elect someone with a D next to their name as our executive officer in this state,” she said. “And the folks who have been in charge for the last 20 years aren’t going to give that up without a fight.
“So I expect the next nine months, we’ll see more of the same.”
Davis, a former Fort Worth city councilwoman, and Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott are perceived as the front-runners in the March primaries and are expected to face each other in the Nov. 4 general election battle that will determine Texas’ next governor.
The Star-Telegram’s Editorial Board has asked Abbott to speak to them, but they have yet to receive a response to the invitation.
Questions about Davis’ life story in recent weeks have drawn nearly as much attention as her filibuster did last year, when she spoke for around 11 hours trying to defeat a bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy that ultimately was passed by the GOP-led legislature.
Abbott’s campaign initially said Davis had “intentionally and repeatedly deceived Texans for years about her background, yet she expects voters to indulge her fanciful narrative.”
But earlier this month Abbott told media that “it’s time to move beyond all this” and focus on issues of importance to Texans.