The Big Conversation
A pre-announcement announcement has fueled speculation that state Sen. Wendy Davis is preparing to run for governor.
As the Tribune's Jay Root reports, Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat who shot to stardom after filibustering an abortion bill this summer, has announced in an email release that she'll reveal her political plans on Oct. 3.
"There’s one question I’ve gotten quite often in the past few months," Davis says in the email. "I’ve heard it online, while I’m traveling around the state, from the media and in my Fort Worth neighborhood: What’s next?"
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On its face, the announcement contained little news: Davis had already said she would reveal in the next few weeks whether she was running for governor or for re-election to her Senate seat.
But the tone of the email, as well as a new page on Davis' website asking supporters to sign up so they can be the "first to know" what she decides, appears to hint at a major announcement.
"It’s hard to look at something like this and think she’s not going to run," said Jim Henson, a Tribune pollster and the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. "Certainly all the signs up to this point suggest she’s going to run. All the incentives have now lined up in a way that it really wouldn’t make sense if she didn’t."
And Democratic activists, who for months have been urging her to run, aren't the only ones counting on a Davis gubernatorial bid. A few other potential Democratic candidates eyeing down-ballot races — most notably state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, the party's top pick to run for lieutenant governor — are also said to be waiting for Davis before making any decisions.
Van de Putte told the San Antonio Express-News that she would meet with Davis this week — and that she wouldn't run if Davis didn't.
"It has to be the right combination and a synergy," Van de Putte said. "It's got to be a cumulative strength."
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