Texas Sen. Wendy Davis joined more than a dozen state and local leaders in San Antonio Monday for the annual Martin Luther King Day March.
The event gave the gubernatorial candidate a chance to meet with Bexar County voters and tell her life story, which was picked apart by the Dallas Morning News over the weekend.
When asked about how she personally felt about the article -- which brought to light several inconsistencies in her much-publicized life story -- Davis declined to comment, only saying, “I’m doing great. I’m happy to be here in San Antonio.”
The article appeared in the Dallas Morning News over the weekend and called into question several key elements of Davis’ highly touted rags-to-riches story.
The author points out that Davis was 21 when she divorced her first husband, not 19 as she has said publicly. It goes on to say that the time Davis and her daughter spent in a mobile home has been exaggerated.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, Davis attempted to clear up any confusion.
“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. And I knew then that I was going to have to work my way up and out of that life if I was going to give my daughter a better life and a better future and that’s what I’ve done,” Davis said in the statement. “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. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes."
The statement also included a detailed biography of Davis’ early life.
Voters at the MLK Day Parade said the senator owed it to them to be honest and that she should do it sooner rather than later.
“I think it’s in the public’s interest,” said Odie Davis. “You run into life situations sometimes that have to be dealt with with just straight honesty.”
“I think it will help her in the long run if she just comes clean now versus sticking with the stories and the inconsistencies,” said Jeffrey Clark. “I think she should be honest with the voters and tell the voters, ‘I wasn’t accurate here and I wasn’t accurate there.’ We’d have more respect for her.”