Wendy Davis divorced her second husband one day after he paid off her student loans

Wendy Davis: Feminist champion and independent woman
Wendy Davis: Feminist champion and independent woman

So, it turns out that Wendy Davis has been misleading or even lying about her background for political ends.

Here are the facts from the Dallas Morning News. (H/T Letitia)


Wendy Davis has made her personal story of struggle and success a centerpiece of her campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Texas in almost a quarter-century.

While her state Senate filibuster last year captured national attention, it is her biography — a divorced teenage mother living in a trailer who earned her way to Harvard and political achievement — that her team is using to attract voters and boost fundraising.

Was she a divorced teenaged mother? Not quite:

She was 17 and still in high school when she moved in with her boyfriend, a construction worker named Frank Underwood. She got pregnant, married and “some time between [age] 19 and 20 was when Frank and I separated,” she said.

Davis remained in the mobile home a few months, then moved in with her mother before getting her own apartment. She got custody of her daughter, Amber, and Underwood was ordered to pay child support.

Under terms of the divorce, he got a boat, the mobile home and the responsibility for the mortgage on it. She got a 3-year-old Pontiac Grand Prix, a 1972 Firebird and a 1967 Chevy pickup. Davis was 21.

I don’t think that moving in with a construction worker at that age shows good judgment – it puts possible children at risk of divorce.


A single mother working two jobs, she met Jeff Davis, a lawyer 13 years older than her, married him and had a second daughter.

[…]After they married, when she was 24, they moved into a historic home in the Mistletoe Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth.

[…]When she was accepted to Harvard Law School, Jeff Davis cashed in his 401(k) account and eventually took out a loan to pay for her final year there.

[…]The daughters, then 8 and 2, remained with Jeff Davis in Fort Worth while Wendy Davis was at Harvard.

[…]Jeff Davis said that was right around the time the final payment on their Harvard Law School loan was due. “It was ironic,” he said. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left.”

[…]In his initial divorce filing, Jeff Davis said the marriage had failed, citing adultery on her part and conflicts that the couple could not overcome. The final court decree makes no mention of infidelity, granting the divorce solely “on the ground of insupportability.”

[…]A former colleague and political supporter who worked closely with Davis when she was on the council said the body’s work was very time-consuming.

“Wendy is tremendously ambitious,” he said, speaking only on condition of anonymity in order to give what he called an honest assessment. “She’s not going to let family or raising children or anything else get in her way.”

The Daily Caller says that she “relinquished custody” of the children after the divorce.

So, she had a man 13 years her senior pay for half her undergraduate degree, and her time at Harvard Law School, and then when the last student loan payment was made, she divorced him and abandoned her own children. You definitely don’t want to elect a person whose desire to be perceived in a positive way by others causes her to lie about herself, to make herself appear as a victim when the truth is that she was a gold-digger and a bad mother. Truth-telling is important, and especially important for a governor.

So here is my point about all of this. What did people expect from this woman? Do people really think that someone who stands up and advocates the outright murder/infanticide of unborn children after 20 weeks could be relied on to tell the truth? Would she be a good wife? Would she be a good mother? Or are people so taken in by her attractive appearance that they invent in their minds a completely fictional world where pink running shoes and blonde hair are all that matter in assessing a person’s character?

Abortion is a way of killing people you created by your own decisions. These people are weaker than you. They are depending on you to take responsibility for what you did, and to choose who you have sex with wisely. But you are killing them anyway, in order to stop them from taking your money and time. It’s possible for someone like Wendy Davis to look glamorous and pretty on the outside and be evil and selfish on the inside. That doesn’t mean that she is irredeemable, but it does mean that she would make a lousy governor.

Good leaders should care about other people, and especially children, and even more so their own children who were created because of their choice of man and choice of activity with that man. Good leaders take responsibility for what they do, and they honor moral obligations to others. Caring for others requires good decision-making and planning. You can’t break all the moral rules and choose men poorly, and then expect your children to get what they need. Life isn’t that unpredictable – there is a need for humility and wisdom. Ambition doesn’t cure selfishness, it just masks it. 

Wendy Davis responds

Wendy Davis has responded to these revelations by melting down on Twitter, which reflects poorly on her leadership ability, and then criticizing her opponent because he hasn’t “walked a day in her shoes”, which is some sort of back-handed attack on his disability – he is a paraplegic. She also implied that he doesn’t know what it is to struggle with difficulties in life. The man is paralyzed, for God’s sake.

Additionally, the Houston Chronicle reports that her campaign is trying to hush up her ex-husband from telling more about what really happened. (H/T Legal Insurrection via Letitia)


“They’ve asked me not to talk to reporters,” Jeff said. He is anyway, because: “If she runs, the scrutiny on her will be extraordinary. She needs to deal with it in a constructive way. She needs to take control of the message. … My goal in all this, I think, is just try and protect the kids as much as I can.”

Now this should be the end of her campaign, but seriously, I wonder whether all of this crap is just going to cause her supporters to double down on voting for her “victimhood”. I would not be surprised, because we re-elected Obama. Every criticism of his policies (like this study by a Duke U. researcher) was dismissed as “racism”, and people actually believed that.

Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann

I just want to remind everyone how two conservative women, who are decidely pro-life and NON-VICTIMS, were mercilessly attacked by the left-wing media. I mean Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, the latter of whom was my top candidate for President in 2012. I wrote about 50 posts about Michele starting from before she even announced her candidacy for President to when she dropped out of the 2012 race. If you are going to pick someone to lead, pick someone with a good marriage and 24 foster kids. Someone who also quit her job to homeschool her kids when they were struggling in school.

I’m sure that Michele and her husband had stresses and strains in their marriage, but they never divorced, either. Women can be great leaders, if they are trustworthy and moral. Michele Bachmann would be a fine President. Palin also seemed to have this calm, responsible demeanor. She took a lot of hits, and never melted down like Hillary Clinton and Wendy Davis have. That’s what you’re looking for in a leader. But the mainstream press wanted nothing to do with those women leaders, because they were pro-life, and that was the difference.

19 thoughts on “Wendy Davis divorced her second husband one day after he paid off her student loans”

  1. WK, you are correct, but it is not going to be the end of her campaign. For many on the left these things you see clearly as disqualifying negatives are the very things that they believe qualify her to run. She has behaved exactly as a “progressive” woman is supposed to behave.


    1. This is what they glorify, isn’t it? Eat, Pray, Love and Switch and the throwing off of moral obligations from relationships in order to pursue narcissistic flights of fancy.


      1. All true and upsetting statements, though I find her behaviour sordid and self-centered. I guess just as there are women who like bad boys, there are men who go for women bound to treat them poorly.


  2. Frankly, I never understood why her shoes were pink: blood red makes much more sense to me.


  3. I agree with everything you said except for one thing.

    What have you got against construction workers? ;-) Some fine, upstanding, responsible people in the trades. Davies probably could have learned a lot about the value of hard work and ethics from her construction worker husband.


    1. Two things: first, the moving in together is bad. Second, construction workers cannot easily support children should they appear. People divorce because money runs short.


      1. Agreed about the moving in part, but not on the construction worker. I don’t know about where you live, but where I live, all the trades are in high demand and command exceptional incomes. My husband’s been in the IT field for nearly 20 years, and even a new tradesman would be close to his income. Those with experience can typically make a lot more. There is an issue of seasonality, which requires financial discipline, but that’s needed in any career.

        The biggest difficulty is that the job often takes the husband (or wife, as the case may be; lots of women in trades these days) away frequently. Especially those who work in oil field related jobs in the Fort Mac area. The cost of housing is really high, so a lot of the guys live in dorm type housing (paid for by the company, complete with free amenities and even free housekeeping) for 3 weeks, then home to their families in places like Edmonton or the surrounding towns for 1 week. It’s a hard life but, for many, the pay is the only way they can afford to have Mom home with the kids full time. A friend of mine’s husband is a welder and that’s the schedule he’s got, while she is able to homeschool their kids. A former student of mine is a housekeeper and her schedule is a month cleaning dorms, then a couple of weeks off. Even as a housekeeper, she makes about 3/4 what my husband does and was able to pay her mortgage off in no time – which is pretty darn impressive considering the house she’s got and how much she probably paid for it. This at the same time as supporting a developmentally delayed adult son.

        Granted, I’m in an area that has a chronic shortage of tradespeople, but even in other provinces I’ve lived in, going into any of the trades is pretty much guaranteed high income earning potential. One would have to be in a pretty economically depressed area (like Ontario, these days) for that not to be true. What ends up happening is that people complete their apprenticeships in ON, then move to Alberta or Saskatewan for jobs.


          1. Bituminous sands. There actually is no shale oil in Alberta or Manitoba, while there is at some shale oil everywhere else in Canada, particularly on the East Coast.

            Extracting shale oil requires fracking, and there’s no need to do that in the oilsands. A tiny fraction if it is surface mined, while the rest can only be extracted in-situ.

            People make a big deal about how big the oil sands are, and they are right when it comes to the sands themselves, but the areas disturbed by extraction is really quite miniscule, no matter how many “moonscape” photos are bandied about.


      2. Moving in together is bad and sets people up for divorce. But a construction worker can make enough money to support a family. My parents raised 7 kids on about what a construction worker makes. It’s difficult, but it can be done.


      3. Depends where you live too. My fiance’s sister has 6 kids. Her husband is a plumber. She stays home with the kids. Her brother has 5 kids and is a truck driver. His wife has to stay home. So you can do it in the skilled trades. These aren’t construction jobs, but the idea still holds.


    1. Great line, Scott! I did tell you about the pro-abort who told me “children are the property of their parents, and they have the right to abort them up to the age of 18,” didn’t I? He was dead serious. That makes your 50th trimester calculation pretty close.


      1. Funny that the people who are up in arms at the thought (just the thought) of women being the “property” of their husbands are the ones claiming that children are the property of their parents (by which they mean, of course, their mothers – fathers don’t have rights, either before or after birth in the feminist world).


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