Source: Wendy Davis to contact TX lawmakers for support



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Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 7:13 AM

AUSTIN -- A Democratic source with knowledge of the campaign tells KVUE that Senator Wendy Davis is spending the next few days contacting Texas lawmakers asking for their support in her gubernatorial run.

Republicans say they aren't surprised by this development and they say they're gearing up for the next 14 months.

As the sun set over the Texas Governor's Mansion Thursday evening -- new questions arose about who could be its next tenant.

“The republican party has assumed for the past several months that Wendy Davis would be a candidate for the Democrats,” Steve Munisteri, Chairman for the Republican Party of Texas said.

Senator Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, Texas became a household name in June.

She filibustered for 11 hours -- attempting to block a bill that would dramatically change the way abortions are done in Texas.

In the end Governor Rick Perry won out by signing the bill into law.

“I think what we saw today is how excited everybody is about the potential of what she might decide and that Texans are eager to hear from her on Thursday,” Tanene Allison with the Texas Democratic Party said.

For the past couple of months Allison has been counting down the days to the Texas governor’s election.

“She's a different breed of leadership. She cares. She understands what it's like to struggle to pay the bills, and the importance of education, to get out of that,” Allison said.

“She's the fourth most liberal state senator in the state of Texas according to a Rice University analysis,” Munisteri said.

Munisteri is preparing for a fight.

“We’re going to be putting out information on her record, to show that she is a liberal democrat that is a big supporter of the policies of the Obama administration. And those policies are not very popular here in Texas,” Munisteri said.

It remains to be seen how Davis will fare against Republican front-runner Greg Abbott -- who announced his candidacy in July.

“I don't know that much about her, but I think she'd make a good governor, yeah,” Austin voter William Russell said.

Janet Gonzalez, another Austin voter said, ”She actually cares about the people instead of lining her pockets. I think that's amazing. [It’s] About time we get some of that over here.”

“I can see her winning Travis County. What about beyond Travis County? Uh, probably won't do too well,” Austin voter Chad Mertz added.