“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough wondered aloud Wednesday why Republicans seem to care so much about the details of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D) background.
“So these Republicans in Texas have been saying some really crappy things about Wendy Davis, saying she’s a lousy mom — just really personal crap. It’s really the reason why people hate politics,” he said. “You know what? The empire didn’t strike back. Her daughters did. And, man, what a strong defense they gave for Wendy Davis, basically saying, we had great parents, thank you very much. Stop lying about it. I thought it was great.”
Davis’ campaign released two open letters written by her daughters, Amber and Dru, on Tuesday. The women disputed conservatives’ characterization of Davis as an ambitious woman who abandoned her children for a Harvard education and political career, instead painting a picture of a mother who made real sacrifices for her daughters.
Scarborough added that it was “overreach” when Republicans began to spin a Dallas Morning News report clarifying some details about Davis’ biography, including the details of her family situation while she attended Harvard Law School, into charges that she abandoned her kids.
“Seriously, who cares? Who cares if she lived in a trailer when she was 19 or 21, or got divorced at 19 or 21, or lived in a trailer,” he said. “This all seems like a bunch of nonsense. I would be shocked if anybody in Texas outside of the political class really even cares about this.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.