Wendy Davis, celebrated filibusterer and Texas gubernatorial candidate, was forced to clarify some inconsistencies in her biography this weekend after The Dallas Morning News encountered some holes in her story. With a campaign narrative about how a young, single mom managed to get to Harvard Law and build a successful political career, getting the facts right in that story seems pretty important.
In a lawsuit in 2012, Davis stated that she was 19 when she divorced her first husband, when in reality she was actually 21. Both of those ages are very young, but still, details matter in law and politics. Davis told the Morning News, "My language should be tighter. I’m learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail."
Additionally, Davis's campaign website writes, "With the help of academic scholarships and student loans, Wendy not only became the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree but graduated first in her class and was accepted to Harvard Law School." Nowhere is it mentioned that she also received financial help at the time from her second husband, Jeff Davis, who helped pay for her education at both Texas Christian University and Harvard. Davis's two daughters stayed in Forth Worth with their father while she earned her law degree.