Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the National Right To Life Conference in Dallas, and he really did say this bout Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis. Via Steve Benen, at Maddow Blog:
‘[E]ven the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.’
Benen provides the response from Davis:
“˜Rick Perry’s statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view. Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test.’
I’d call it a failure in human values, actually. Or just a failure in the decency and decorum he’d earlier said were missing in the Senate chamber during the filibuster. Of course, he was pointing at the “unruly mob” in the gallery, as Lt. Gov. Dewhurst called the citizens seated there. And the thousand more outside, I guess.
In an earlier response to Perry calling a second special session, Davis said in part:
“˜If leaders are serious about using this second called special session to improve the lives of Texans by repairing and expanding our transportation networks, they will find no greater ally than me. If they intend to keep pushing their extreme personal political agenda ahead of the interests of Texas families, I will not back off of my duty to fight on their behalf.’
If you haven’t already seen it, there’s a “Draft Wendy Davis for Texas Governor petition at DailyKos. While the filibuster was still going, I saw tweets and Facebook posts and email that were saying the same thing. One was a bit more ambitious: Clinton & Davis 2016. Davis has indicated she’s interested in running for a “state-wide” office.
In today’s conference address, Perry also said, presumably of those noisy citizens in the Senate gallery:
“˜The louder they scream, the more we know that we are getting something done.’
By his remarks about Davis’ personal life, it’s fairly clear what kind of “something” Perry wants “done.” As Davis said of them, they were “small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view.” Explicitly, I’ll add, it’s a view about women.
(Sen. Wendy Davis Via Wendy Davis FB)