Wendy Davis to make announcement on political future
September 18th, 2013
08:05 AM ET
1 year ago

Wendy Davis to make announcement on political future

Washington (CNN) - The Texas state senator who rose to national fame after her 13-hour filibuster over a controversial abortion bill will announce her next political move in just over two weeks.

Supporters of Democrat Wendy Davis can sign up to get the October 3 announcement on whether she'll run for governor, according to her campaign website.

"I want to be the first to know," the website says, with an option to fill in an e-mail address to receive the news. The website also includes a fundraising pitch.

READ MORE: Wendy Davis: From teen mom to Harvard Law to famous filibuster

Davis has seen support from national groups like EMILY'S List, which helps Democratic, pro-choice women run for office, and a number of left-leaning state groups that are all providing a fundraising and organizing framework should she decide to run for governor.

READ MORE: Wendy Davis raked in almost $1 million after filibuster

Her June stand-off in the Texas state capitol delayed a vote on a bill meant to ban most abortions of pregnancies past 20 weeks and implement strict regulations on abortion clinics, which critics say will render the clinics inaccessible to many women across the state. The measure was later passed in a special session and signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Given the attention she drew over the filibuster, speculation soon followed that she may challenge Perry for the governorship in 2014, but the longtime Republican governor announced this summer he won't be seeking re-election next year. Republican Greg Abbott, the state's attorney general, has already started running for the office, and is considered the leading GOP candidate.

READ MORE: Davis shrugs off Perry's scolding

Delivering an address at a National Press Club event in Washington last month, Davis said with "absolute certainty" that she'll either run for her current seat again or run for governor next year.

But the Democrat essentially ruled out a different statewide bid, such as a U.S. Senate seat or the lieutenant governor's office.

"I'm working very hard to decide what my next steps will be," she said. "I do think that in Texas people feel like we need a change from the very fractured, very partisan leadership that we're seeing in our state."

– CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Rick Perry • Texas • Wendy Davis
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Run for governor Wendy!

    September 18, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Data Driven

    She'd probably be more useful where she is, in terms of actually getting stuff done, because the office of Governor is notoriously toothless in Texas (strangely, the lieutenant governor has more power). I'm surprised she ruled out Lt. Gov. But, obviously, being governor means more prominence, and lord knows the Democratic Party needs more prominent leaders right now. The bench is THIN.

    September 18, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Jeff

    Why is the media trying to raise the stature of this woman who clearly doesn't identify with the people of Texas? Oh that's right........she is a democrat.

    September 18, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Can't wait to read all the nasty and vile names the Christian right calls her. The way some of these people act no wonder many are turned off by religion. I don't know who is worse, the supposed believers or the non believers.

    September 18, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. M.A.P.

    This woman should be president some day. She has shown what it really means to stand up for what you believe in and not to allow the Republican thugs to bully you into submission. A true American Hero. Go Wendy!

    September 18, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Texas could use another Ann Richards.

    September 18, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Buddy

    I welcome Davis running. She'll be soundly trounced.

    September 18, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. jennifer in Houston

    She's got my vote.. time to get rid of the Neanderthals..

    September 18, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Evergreen

    Gov. Perry is doing everything in his power to turn Texas "Blue." When "blue state" companies relocate to Texas they transfer many of their "blue state" employees. Ms. Davis will be a perfect fit as Governor.

    September 18, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Puddin

    In spite of her past mistakes (or maybe because of them), this woman has a good (educated) head on her shoulders. I wish her well in whatever she chooses to do.

    September 18, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Texas has not had a real governor since Richards.

    September 18, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Amanda C

    She's definitely a political competitor, she became aware of the momentum she's gathered from her filibuster and she's capitalizing on it. She has a pretty decent shot at becoming Governor.

    September 18, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Larry in Houston

    to be perfectly honest, she's got an uphill climb, I guess I'd have to give her an "e" for effort, in a state that's got a republican legislature, in addition to the fact that they haven't had a democrat in the governor's mansion for a very long time. LOL – We haven't had a decent governor since Ann Richards – she must be rolling in her grave by now. Same way w/ LBJ

    September 18, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. stars

    What ever you decide the women of america is on you side.

    September 18, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Thomas

    GOOD rid dins Ricky Perry , HELLO GOVERNOR Wendy Davis !

    September 18, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |