Saturday was the first official day that candidates could file their paperwork in Austin to get on the March party primary ballots in the Lone Star State.
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis filed her paperwork in the first step to becoming Texas' 48th governor and attempt to become the third woman and first Democrat to do so since Ann Richards in 1990.
After filing, she came out swinging against the person widely expected to get the Teapublican nomination for governor in Greg Abbott.
Without mentioning him by name, she said, “It’s time for a governor who believes that you don’t have to buy a place in Texas’ future – inside deals, special interest tax breaks, favors for political cronies. That’s not how we ought to be doing business in Texas. Instead, it’s time to give all Texans a voice in their futureand a place in Texas’ future.”
At a recent UT-Brownsville event she redefined the GOP pet talking point that they are 'pro-life' and said she was as well
"I am pro-life," Sen. Davis said. "I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children's future and their ability to provide for that future."
That redefinition sent the Teapublicans into a foaming at the mouth conservafrenzy, but she has a point. The GOP is not pro-life, they are pro-birth. They don't give a rat's anus about any life that doesn't look like them or isn't in their tax bracket.
And to make the GOP even more nervous that their stranglehold on the Governor's Mansion may be coming to an end, Davis is not only proving to be a formidable fundraiser, she's now trailing Abbott by 6 points in a recent poll. That means they are already cranking up the smear machine full volume, and this governor's race will be the nastiest one since the Ann Richards-GW Bush one in 1994.
But we still have a long way to go until November 2014.