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 firstname.lastname@example.org.