The fact that we even have a competitive Governor's race is due to the work of regular folks who stood up for what we believed in, and helped create a resurgent movement in Texas for accountable leadership.
First, people showed up to a Senate Health and Human Services committee, some in orange shirts and some in old-timey garb. Next, State Rep. Mary Gonzalez helped sound the alarm and the Texas Democratic Party and so many non-profit organizations helped turn out as many people as possible to a State Affairs hearing to just speak out against the bill. So many people came, that the Republican in charge of the hearing refused to let everyone speak.
The spark that was lit by the people whose voices were denied a chance to be heard at that hearing continued as even more people came to watch a House floor debate, as Democrats debated their own amendments just to eat up clock. They knew that if they simply took long enough, they could put Wendy Davis within range. And they did — despite the despicable efforts of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to use Senator Leticia Van de Putte's personal tragedy for his own political gain, the people put Wendy Davis within reach so that she could block a terrible bill opposed by a majority of Texans.
Wendy Davis was able to stand up and block that bill because she had the support of so many people every step of the way, from the first citizen speaker until the last second ran off the clock.
It's time for us to put Wendy Davis within range of victory again. Please donate to today's blog money bomb for Wendy Davis and make sure she has the money she needs to run the strongest campaign possible.
More below the jump.So we already know that Democrats know how to put Wendy Davis within range of victory — the collective hard work of so many people this summer was able to put Davis within filibustering distance of defeating Rick Perry's anti-woman agenda.
We need a Governor who respects the will of the people, the rights of the people, and the needs of the people of Texas, and who is accountable to all of us, not just the extreme factions of the Republican party.
Wendy Davis has a tremendous history of fighting for our shared priorities as Texans: a strong public education system, access to good jobs and economic opportunity and equality for everyone, and strong public safety and access to justice.