The memoir titled “Forgetting to Be Afraid,” released by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has again heated up a debate on abortion that led to an ethics complaint from her opponent, Republican Greg Abbott.
Davis came to the attention when as state senator she procrastinated a highly restrictive abortion bill for 11 straight hours. Davis revealed her termination of two pregnancies due to medical reasons, which speed up the most expensive race for the position of next Governor of Texas.
The move created a whole chaotic scene featuring thousands of protesters in the Texas Capitol that continued past midnight.
The memoir also revealed her valiant and sometimes unhappy life growing up, first in Rhode Island and then Texas, Oklahoma and California.
Abbott accused Davis of misusing campaign contributions to promote her book and for a book tour stop in New York City. The campaign called the complaint “frivolous.”
Abbott campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch commented, ” ‘Senator Davis’ book promotion has gone from ethically questionable to outright unlawful.”
“It shows how worried Greg Abbott is about the power of her story,” said Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas.
Davis’ parents were divorced and during the end of her first year in high school she was pregnant with her first child whom she met in the beginning of the year.
The political memoir has become a standard manner utilised by political candidates to make their pitch for office, and train their supporters in how to tell their story.
Bill Miller, a Texas-based political consultant said, “It’s back to the future.” Miller has mostly worked for Republicans but calls himself a friend to Davis. “I saw this issue as giving her a great start, but it’s not going to give her a great finish.”
Abbott has been always on a lead according to polling. Current polling revealed the Abbott’s lead narrowing down in recent weeks from about 12 to 14 percentage points to single digits after Davis acquisition on Abbot for being part of an old boys’ network putting their interests above that of the state.
“Many presidential candidates release policy books that cast them in a favorable light while campaigning,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodists University in Dallas.
“Wendy Davis’ book is a different message, with warts showing.”
Davis dedicated her memoir to her two adult daughters, and the other she lost.
“It would take me the better part of a year to ultimately make my way up and out of it,” she writes in the book. “And when I finally did come through it, I emerged a different person. Changed. Forever changed.”