Wendy is Running: Five Tips for Davis in the Gubernatorial Race

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Sen. Wendy Davis is taking a crack at the governor's seat
It's was unofficially official last week that Sen. Wendy Davis would run for governor, but Davis will make the official announcement today and the race is really on.

Ever since Davis donned her hot pink running shoes and proceeded to stand on the floor of the Texas Senate in a filibuster to block state abortion legislation, there have been rumblings of a gubernatorial campaign. Some think Davis is the first viable Democrat candidate for the seat in years.

Davis will likely face Houston's own State Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott, the Republican frontrunner, and with the seat at least somewhat in play for the first time in years, odds are good this race is going to be a particularly vicious bit of political scrapping. So Davis and her camp may want to keep some things in mind as it gets going.

1. Do wear the hot pink Mizuno Women's Wave Rider running shoes: Davis was just another Texas Democrat in the state legislature before she put on those running shoes, walked into the state capitol and proceeded to stand and talk for 11 hours. There were as many photos of her feet as there were of her face.


2. Do be up front about your backstory: Abbott's camp has already indicated that it will dig into Davis's past and try to use being a young single mother against Davis in her run -- she married at 18, had a kid and then got divorced and worked her way through school, graduating from Harvard Law. Also, it's just politics 101 to assume that if there's anything interesting in your background, it will get dug up. It will get talked about. Davis should be frank about where she comes from, about how her experiences as a young single mother shaped her. Get out in front of things, be open about them and they have less power to be used against you. Well, mostly.


3. Do be consistent in what you're saying out there on the campaign trail: It seems like it's all too easy to get caught up in that quagmire of politics, being a little too agreeable when you're out there asking for votes. In this day and age of instant media, Davis needs to keep in mind that the people she's talking to are telling it to the world, so if she declares she's for something at one meet and greet, it's best not to turn around and swear she's against it while shaking hands at a county fair.



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19 comments
James Kaufman
James Kaufman

She's running off her ON opinion ~right to choose~but is a Democratic Lillith.

Kevin Kujawa
Kevin Kujawa

Not sure what we need is another lawyer.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

they repeat-post a LOT of articles. it's pretty irritating, but i guess i get it. gotta stay in our newsfeeds.

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

And honestly, if you whored Huckabee, or anyone else, I'd still call it.

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Who is running this site? This has to be the 5th time I've seen this.

GoAway
GoAway

6. Buy a huge box of Kleenex to dry your tears when you lose. Badly.

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

We can win...if we get a higher than 37% turnout, which is the norm for state elections

Brian Chestnut
Brian Chestnut

I lilke her, but she has no executive experience. The only thing that comes close is when she was on Ft. Worth's city council for a couple years.

Optimo Ram
Optimo Ram

Probably the only reason she tried to do that filibuster

Texano78704
Texano78704

Come on, now! People in Dallas deserve to be made fun of.  ;)

H_e_x
H_e_x

@George Zoes BUY 1 GET 1 FREE

HotDog
HotDog

@Andy Gerard Gomer succeeded by Guber, sounds like a plan

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Optimo Ram Because women's health is such a joke. Is it Rita Rudner funny?

dianna.wray
dianna.wray

@Texano78704 Luckily, the rest of us aren't running for governor, so Dallas isn't off-limits for us ;)

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