Democratic candidate for Governor Wendy Davis is going on the offensive following a Dallas Morning News article in which she admits to fudging details of her life story, a story which has been a key factor in her popularity in politics, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Rather than being a 'teenaged single mother living in a trailer park,' at 19, Davis conceded that she didn't divorce her first husband until she was 21, and her life in the trailer park was a short time stint, quickly moving out and into an apartment with her young daughter.
Davis said the Dallas Morning News article is a 'Greg Abbott campaign attack,' a reference to her likely Republican opponent in the November election.
"The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce," Davis said. "I knew then that I was going to have to work my way up and out of that life if I was going to give my daughter a better life and a better future, and that's what I've done."
The Dallas Morning News article also cast doubt on Davis' story of struggling to raise two children while putting herself through Harvard University Law School. Her wealthy lawyer husband actually paid the bulk of her tuition, and she divorced him on the very day that the final tuition payment was made.
"As Wendy has said before, Jeff (attorney and former husband Jeff Davis) helper her fulfill her dream of attending Harvard by cashing in a 401l," her campaign said.
Davis says 'millions of Texas women' will be able to identify with her rags to riches success story.
"I'm proud of where I came from and what I have been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance," Davis said. "I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise has not walked a day in my shoes."
It's the second time Davis' past has come back to haunt her in the campaign Earlier she dealt with charges that she sued the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, blaming the newspaper's coverage for a failed bid for Ft. Worth City Council in the mid 1990s, and her lawyer claimed in papers filed in connection with her lawsuit that the newspaper's coverage had caused her 'emotional anguish.' The lawsuit was later dismissed.