Big news out of the Lone Star State today!
Progressive hero Wendy Davis, who did an incredible job leading the fight against legislation to roll back reproductive rights in Texas back in the spring, has announced that she is running to replace Rick Perry as the state’s governor.
At an event in Haltom City, Davis laid out her vision for the state and told excited supporters, “If you want a governor who will speak for everyone, then every Texan needs to be part of getting that governor elected. I need you.”
“Wendy Davis is the candidate for Governor Texans deserve,” said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. “She is a new type of leader, one whose story reflects what is best about Texas. Senator Davis has a proven record of fighting for our families, and as Governor she will secure an even brighter future for Texas.”
“Today is an incredible and exciting day for all Texans. Over the next year you will continue to see grassroots energy and engagement like you’ve never seen before in Texas. We’re all ready to knock on doors, make the calls, talk to our neighbors, and raise the money required so that Wendy Davis will be elected.”
Our friends over at Burnt Orange Report (Texas’ best progressive blog) have a recap of Davis’ campaign kickoff. Sounds like it was a very exciting event:
The “options are fewer” for Texas families today, Davis said – and she won’t accept that. Our state is run for the benefit of a few, when it should be run for all Texans.
“In Austin today, our current leadership thinks promises are just something you make to the people who write big checks. But the promise I’m talking about is bigger than that. It’s the promise of a better tomorrow for everyone. Texas deserves a leader who will protect this promise. Texas deserves a leader who will keep it.”
That’s the kind of governor Wendy Davis plans to be.
“Until the families who are burning the candle at both ends can finally make ends meet, we will keep going. Until the amazing health care advances being pioneered in this state reach everyone who needs them, we will keep going.”
“Until every child from Longview to Lubbock to McAllen to Mesquite makes it to a stage like this, and gets their diploma, and knows that nothing will wash out the road to their future dreams, we will keep going. Until the corridors of power are the corridors of the people, until problem-solving trumps partisanship, until our state is a lot less lone and a lot more star, we will keep going. As long as we can make this great state even greater, we will keep going,” Davis said as the crowd joined her emphatically in declaring we will keep going.
Emphasis is theirs. (Also worth reading is the liveblog of the announcement).
The Republicans wasted no time in attacking Davis; Greg Abbott’s campaign chose to launch a volley at the likely Democratic nominee rather than simply welcoming her to the race. (Abbott, the current right wing Attorney General of Texas, is considered to be the Republican frontrunner; Rick Perry is retiring).
But Wendy Davis is tough. And smart. And courageous. Quite simply, she’s an inspiration. Republicans are very much mistaken if they think she’ll be easy to beat. This is going to be a race worth paying attention to, and we’ll certainly be following it with the help of our friends at the Burnt Orange Report.