Wendy Davis' Daughters Defend Their Mom

Amber and Dru write open letters after critics lash out at Davis
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2014 5:17 PM CST
Wendy Davis' Daughters Defend Their Mom
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis gives a speech in Austin on Jan. 26.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis has been taking flak of late from critics who say she was a lousy mom who has embellished her story of being a single parent, but two people very much in the know came to her defense today, reports the Washington Post. Her grown daughters. “I hate that I feel the need to write this, but I have been reading and hearing so many untrue things about my mom and I want to set the record straight,” writes Dru Davis, 25, in an open letter. “And sadly I feel the need to be crystal clear on the malicious and false charge of abandonment as nothing could be further from the truth. My mom has always shared equally in the care and custody of my sister and me.”

In her own letter, Amber Davis, 31, writes: “My mother had me when she was very young, a kid herself. And although she was married for a short period of time, parenthood was her sole responsibility. Yes, we lived in a trailer. Does it matter how long? Not to me.” (One of the points of contention raised in a Dallas Morning News story is the suggestion that Davis has exaggerated her hardship, including how long she lived in the trailer.) Her daughter adds: “I know that I was my mother’s first priority and that she wanted a better life for me than the one she was living. She worked 2 jobs and went to community college at night. She refused to repeat the life her family struggled in growing up.” Read both letters in full here. Or click to read about Fox News' Greta Van Susteren calling out Erick Erickson of RedState for using the term "Abortion Barbie" to describe Davis, along with Erickson's response. (More Wendy Davis stories.)

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