After the Dallas Morning News found a number of gaps in the personal narrative that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is using as part of her campaign, she issued a statement suggesting that her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, was behind the story.
That’s not the problem.
The issue is that Davis’ statement insinuated that Abbott, who is paraplegic and uses a wheelchair, “hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”
Wendy Davis is imploding. Remember kids: honesty is the best policy. Also saying a paraplegic hasn't walked a mile in your shoes...not good.— €®ÏK (@erikjordison) January 21, 2014
Here is Davis’ statement:
“We’re not surprised by Greg Abbott’s campaign attacks on the personal story of my life as a single mother who worked hard to get ahead. But they won’t work, because my story is the story of millions of Texas women who know the strength it takes when you’re young, alone and a mother. I’ve always been open about my life not because my story is unique, but because it isn’t.”
@WendyDavisTexas Does "tightening your language" include asking a paraplegic to walk a mile in your shoes?— ChampionCapua (@ChampionCapua) January 21, 2014
“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. And 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. I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”
No false attack can take away my story. And no sleazy political trick will stop me from giving voice to yours. http://t.co/WmURHnVgp3— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) January 21, 2014
Abbott’s condition has confined him to a wheelchair for almost three decades.
The only thing Abbott & his allies have proven with these desperate attacks is that they don’t understand these Texas stories of struggle.— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) January 21, 2014
And you're damn right it's a true story. http://t.co/WmURHnVgp3— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) January 21, 2014
[Dallas Morning News]
[National Review Online]