"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."