The Texas political media are full of smart folks who know the ins and outs of the state’s raucous political world.
One of the smarter guys, Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, thinks state Sen. Wendy Davis is likely to run for Texas governor in 2014.
I hope he’s right, if only because the Republicans Party establishment needs a serious challenge from the “other” major party.
Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat, who made such a splash with her spectacular legislative special session filibuster against an anti-abortion bill — which eventually became law during the second special session — is trying to decide whether to run for the state’s top job next year. The winds are hitting her square in the face, as Texas remains a heavily Republican state.
But man, she is charismatic and would enliven the contest like no other Democrat.
Republicans have their own gubernatorial fight brewing between state Attorney General Greg Abbott and Dallas lawyer/businessman and former state GOP chairman Tom Pauken. Abbott has to be considered the odds-on favorite in that primary — and in next fall’s general election.
Davis, though, would be an attention-getter were she to be nominated by Texas Democrats (duh!).
The state needs a white-hot campaign at the top of its political ballot. Wendy Davis would ignite it, no matter who she would face.