Texas Senator Wendy Davis bio sparks debate

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 12:25pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 3:17pm

She was thrust into the national spotlight after her marathon filibuster against an abortion law in Texas last year, but now State Senator Wendy Davis faces questions about her own life story, one that has been central in her campaign for Texas Governor, John Berman reports.

"Wendy, Wendy, Wendy!"

She pitched her story as an American dream come true, Wendy Davis, "I was barely making ends meet and sometimes they didn't."

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis propelled into national spotlight last summer with her physical stamina, after this now famous 13 hour marathon filibuster against a restrictive abortion measure.

Davis meteoric rise shot her to front runner status, amongst Democrats, in her gubernatorial bid, but now her inspirational biography of a single mother is sparking some debate, "By the time I was 19 I was a single parent, and I was living in a mobile home."

Over the weekend, the Dallas Morning News revealed some inconsistencies in her statements and began raising questions about her bootstrapping life story. The newspaper reports that she became a single mother at 21 not 19.

Davis admitted that her language should be "tighter" and clarified a few points, for example that her divorce only became final when she was 21, writing in a statement, "The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce. They say everything's bigger in Texas well that certainly wasn't the case for the trailer we lived in."

A mobile home the newspaper says she lived in for a few months. Conservatives seized on the discrepancies, creating a hashtag on Twitter, "More fake than Wendy Davis."

Before these reports, her campaign pulled in a sizable $12 million dollars, but is trailing her likely opponent the state's Republican Attorney General.

One of the most contentious claims in the piece is that Wendy Davis law school tuition at Harvard was paid by her second husband, who cashed in his 401K for the money.

They divorced, reportedly, just after the loans were paid off. Some conservatives are seizing on this, one tweeted overnight, "Wendy Davis won't rest until every TX woman has a sugar daddy she can use then dump."

Davis acknowledges her husband, "Helped her fulfill her dream of attending Harvard by cashing in a 401K and later they took out loans.'

She also says, "I am proud of where I came from and I am proud of what I've been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance."

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