Rising Texas political star Davis takes second look at governor’s race

July 2, 2013

It’s been a sharp, quick ascent into national prominence for Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator whose 13-hour filibuster against a restrictive Texas abortion law made her an instant heroine to progressives across the country – and a rising star in Texas politics.

Her activism has reignited the conversation about her political future which could include a run for governor. “Of course it forces a second look, but I am not taking that look right now,” Davis said in an interview with NBC News. “Right now, I’m working to try to be very strategic, and a member of the team that has to work very hard in the next few weeks to defeat this bill.”

But asked directly whether she would rule out serving as Democrats’ candidate for governor in 2014, Davis responded: “I cannot rule that out.”

Davis’s story is now well-known: the former single-mother-turned-Harvard-Law-grad stood and spoke for hours on end in opposition to a law that would effectively ban most abortions in Texas after the 20th week of pregnancy, and shutter most of the clinics in the state where abortions are performed. Her speech felled the abortion bill after the deadline by which it must have been passed expired.

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