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December 2, 2013

Wendy Davis Unprepared For Interviews, Not Ready For Prime Time

A Possible Explanation To The Question Reporters Are Asking: "Where's Wendy?"

Liberal Democrat Wendy Davis may be running for Governor of the Great State of Texas, but you would hardly know it. Since announcing her gubernatorial candidacy, Davis has spent an inordinate amount of time fundraising in liberal, out of state bastions, and she has done very few media appearances, with the exception of a handful of “not ready for prime time” ones.

Paul Burka of Texas Monthly is even asking– repeatedly, now– “where’s Wendy?

One possible explanation for Wendy Davis’ avoidance of media interviews and public events is that she is simply unprepared to respond to basic policy questions.

John Sexton of Breitbart noticed one such recent response:

State Senator Wendy Davis appeared on a local Texas news station to express her support for food stamps last week, but she appeared unprepared for serious questions on the topic.

After making some general comments about working families and the “broken” system, Davis was asked about a bill introduced by State Rep Terry Canales to prevent SNAP benefits from rolling over month after month. The question caught Davis off guard.

On the issue of food stamps, Wendy Davis demonstrated a serious lack of basic awareness on common problems inherent in a controversial program that has been front and center in the news. Here is her response:

Under the Obama administration, the number of food stamp recipients increased by nearly 16 million (49.3%) individuals to over 47 million, and monthly food stamp benefits, ramped up in the 2009 federal stimulus package, returned to normal in November. Congress is considering major changes to eligibility and benefits, and state legislatures across the country are responding legislatively to reports of fraud and abuse. Even if the issue had not been widely discussed in every major newspaper, on national broadcast and cable television, in magazines, online, and on the radio, being so unprepared, as a legislator, to discuss such an important issue beyond vague platitudes and rehearsed soundbites suggests a troubling lack of seriousness.

Of course, this is not the first time Wendy Davis has been uninformed on a critical issue. Earlier this year, when she was asked about the horrors of Kermit Gosnell’s late-term abortion clinic, Wendy Davis offered a similar response. Indeed, the one thing she said she knew about the case was wrong:

“I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case. But I do know that it happened in an ambulatory surgical center.”

-Wendy Davis

Which was not true.

Indeed, the new abortion clinic rules in Texas, infamously filibustered by Wendy Davis, were a legislative response to the very unsafe and unsanitary conditions exposed by the Grand Jury in the Gosnell case. And the Gosnell horrors certainly did not take place in an ambulatory surgical center.

Although Wendy Davis has largely avoided the press since announcing her gubernatorial ambitions, a pattern emerges: on issue after issue, Wendy Davis seems to be uninterested or uninformed on issues beyond mere banal slogans and trite stock phrases.

It appears we may have our answer to Paul Burka’s question (“Where’s Wendy?”). Wendy Davis is largely avoiding public appearances in Texas, because she is not ready for prime time.