Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
February 14, 2016

Wendy Davis for Congress? Not so Fast

Nothing could sit Wendy Davis down during an 11-hour filibuster on the Texas Senate floor Tuesday night. But the state’s Republican lean may put a ceiling on her immediate political future — at least in 2014.

There is both a Senate and gubernatorial race in Texas next year, but a Democrat hasn’t been elected to either office since 1990. Still, the state’s booming population and demographic shifts have enticed the party to launch preparations for a potentially competitive statewide race. The only question is how soon an opportunity will come.

“To win statewide in Texas, it’s beyond having a good candidate,” said Lone Star Project director Matt Angle, a Davis ally. “You don’t necessarily want to encourage somebody to run unless you are sure that the infrastructure and the financial support are there for them.”

On Tuesday night, Davis’ filibuster of a bill that would have tightened restrictions on abortion caused a national storm on Twitter and invited the support of Democratic activists and Hollywood stars. Still, Robert Jones, a veteran Texas Democratic strategist who helped recruit the state senator to run in 2008, said Davis won’t be making any hasty decisions on her political future.

“A lot of people are going to be excited and be talking to her about running,” Jones said. “Wendy is very smart and will make data-driven decisions in evaluating her options. She has not made any decision yet about what she’s going to do, but will do it based on numbers and data. It will be up to her to determine when will be the right time if there is an opportunity.”

A House run would provide its own unique issues, with Davis’ Fort Worth base offering no good options. She would likely either run in Democratic Rep. Marc Veasey’s 33rd District or the heavily Republican 12th District, held by GOP Rep. Kay Granger.

To run for Senate, Davis would have to challenge two-term GOP Sen. John Cornyn, a strong fundraiser and former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri said that with Republicans generally doing better among Hispanic voters in Texas than the rest of the country, and with the Democrats’ shallow bench, it’s hard to see how anything will be different next year.

“I fail to see how Wendy Davis doing a filibuster is going to change anything,” Munisteri said, noting that Davis’ seat will be a top target next year. “I hope she gives it up, because then we will pick up the state Senate seat and she will lose statewide.”

Her political aspirations aside, in the short term Davis has already emerged as a fundraising tool for national Democrats. The Democratic Governors Association sought donations from supporters to “defeat Republican governors like Texas’ Rick Perry.” Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, called Davis “an inspiration” and asked for donations so she could fight for women’s rights in the Senate.

Party operatives are excited about the possibility of having Davis on a ticket soon, though none of the national party’s House, Senate or gubernatorial campaign committees responded to a request for comment about whether they had reached out to her about running. EMILY’s List spoke with her about running for office long before she gained national fame Tuesday night, according to a source.

Davis’ national profile would give her a leg up on the average candidate new to the big stage.

“I am sure that national Dems are salivating at the chance to have her run for higher office,” Democratic pollster John Anzalone said Wednesday morning. “Hell, I don’t even know what area of Texas she represents or what congressional district she is in. She would be a fundraiser’s dream.”

  • Brandt Hardin

    What Senator Davis did was simply awesome! Women should have the right to make their own decisions about their health and body, not old white male Republicans. Stand with Wendy and pass the meme around:

  • monacall

    what about that child that could have lived with the proper care after 20 weeks.

    again I will say sure women can do what ever they wish to do, as long as they are willing to face the consequences….if one women says I do not want to be pregnant any longer after 20 weeks of pregnancy ….so be it….I just don’t want my tax dollars funding it. she can pay for it.

    nor do I want to fund that same womens needs of a therapist years later for wishing she never did it. she can pay for that also.

  • Buford2k11

    So, How about using tax dollars to support that non-aborted masturbating fetus for the rest of his/her life? We could sell the videos to support the fetus, as there are some GOPers who like that sort of thing…your argument is weak, and getting weaker when you start taking food out of the kids mouths who are already here, that have not been born a Romney…Nor do I want to pay for your ignorance, so stop voting republican misery for kids and do something worth while with your spare time…go volunteer at a Planned Parenthood and learn something…

  • IbrahimHasan

    Wendy Davis is just going to lose reelection. Alan Grayson in a skirt.

  • monacall

    Hey numnuts. It’s not an argument it’s fact. I will not pay for your murdering a child ESPECIALLY after 20 weeks Ur murdering children after 20 weeks. Those babies can live
    Other thing which would solve this whole problem is keep ur legs closed and u won’t have to murder children. But numnuts like u aren’t SMART enough to figure that one out.

  • Buford2k11

    Name calling weakens you some more…your argument is nonsense…

  • monacall

    oh I am so sorry I thought that was your name….
    really why is my argument weak…cant defend your comment can you? murder is murder no matter how you try to defend it….get a life or better yet try to save one.

  • don76550

    I am a Texas voter who will not support baby killer Davis for any office and I am going to do all I can to defeat her in her present office. A majority of Texans do not get the erotic gratification over the murder of babies that Democrats in general and Davis in particular get. To you favoring infanticide and think it is only a matter of choice, what choice would you have made while you were in your mother’s womb had she been contemplating killing you?

  • don76550

    Supporting baby murder is “awesome?” You are truly a reprehensible degenerate with no moral values.

  • don76550

    I am a Texas who is going to do everything I can to make sure that happens.

  • Vanbren5

    Sometimes an abortion is necessary. Things can go wrong and the woman and her physician should make that decision, not the self righteous pious wing of the Republican party. Republicans self righteously claim they’re concerned about the life of a baby but they’re loathe to provide pre-natal, post natal and social services to provide for the child. Look to Romania for what can happen when abortion is criminalized. Once they’re successful in criminalizing abortion, contraception will be next.

  • don76550

    I do not disagree with that. As a health care provider I completely understand that an abortion can be necessary to preserve the life of the mother. No proposed abortion law interfered with that. I do have a huge problem with elective abortion. That is murder, that is what Wendy Davis promotes. In this age of readily available birth control there is no excuse for an unwanted pregnancy other than your own stupidity. Society has an obligation to protect our most basic right of life. It does not have an obligation to become a parent. If you cannot provide for your child, don’t have one. Only a communist dupe would think the state has an obligation to support the products of your mistakes.

  • Vanbren5

    You really don’t know much about ‘elective abortion’. You’re making presumptions that people are sociopathically killing millions of babies for their own convenence.You want to have a coercive government control this aspect of medical care, Why? it doesn’t concern you! These are painful and wrenching decisions that others have to make in their own private lives. Why do you feel the need to involve yourself in other people’s private decisions? Your side shows an embarrassing lack of clinical education about fetal development with their ingorant ramblings about rape kits and conception during rape. Moreover, your side tends to shamelessy deny experts and specialists and this is why this decision should be left up to the experts, the woman and her physician.

  • don76550

    I speak for the baby. You speak for the murderers.

  • Vanbren5

    No, you don’t. …You’re meddling in other’s affairs. Find something else to do with your time. Leave that to the experts and families involved.

  • Reverend Ken

    Just because they use a pretty word for MURDER doesn’t make it pretty, I refuse to call killing babies in the womb anything but what it is, MURDER!!!!

  • Reverend Ken

    What is it like to hate babies so much?

  • maxonepercent

    The Democrats are pretty delusional when it comes to Texas, they think that they can buy the coveted hispanic vote simply by supporting amnesty, but they completely ignore the fact that most hispanics (especially in a conservative place like Texas) strongly oppose things like abortion and gay-marriage.

  • maxonepercent

    When you referred to all babies as “non-aborted masturbating fetus”, you lost the argument right there.

  • Vanbren5

    You’re delusional and irrational if you think a woman wants an abortion at that phase. You don’t care about the baby or the mother. You want to control their personal choices. This issue has always been about your side wanting power over women- keeping them “submissive”

  • Ned Stotesbury

    Just have them walk out in front of Bpbby browns car when he is drinking.

    Bobby Brown Serves Nine Hours in Jail for Third DUI

    by AUTO NEWS on MARCH 21, 2013

    While California is known for having some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation, it seems Bobby Brown has been let off easy. He was released Wednesday after serving nine hours of his 55-day jail sentence for driving under the influence.
    L.A. County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the media that Brown was released early due to jail overcrowding and good behavior.

    That’s all it will take

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...