Ex-Husband Doesn’t Want To Keep Talking About Wendy Davis


Jeff Davis, the second husband of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), doesn’t want to keep talking about the reported discrepancies in his ex-wife’s background.

CNN reported the attorney from Fort Worth, Texas isn’t happy with the backlash sparked by his comments in a report clarifying some details about his ex-wife’s background, including that he subsidized part of her education at Harvard Law School.

“Despite our differences, Wendy would make a very capable governor,” Davis told CNN Tuesday in an email. He declined to talk about the matter further in an on-air interview.

“Certain comments seem to always be taken out of context and the firestorm of Facebook/hashtag stuff is not useful for forming opinions,” he added.

Davis told the Dallas Morning News that financing part of his ex-wife’s education wasn’t a “big deal.” But conservative pundits were quick to seize on that detail to challenge Wendy Davis’ trailer-park-to-Harvard campaign narrative.

The gubernatorial candidate slammed those critics in a fundraising email Tuesday, saying they “stooped to a new low by attacking my family, my education, and my personal story – playing politics with the journey that has been my life.”


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 catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.