Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who made national headlines in June with a 13-hour filibuster to block a controversial Republican bill against abortion, said here Monday she may run for governor of the Lone Star State in 2014.
"I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices" in 2014, she said in a speech to the National Press Club in Washington.
Davis said she will either run for re-election to the state Senate or seek the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
The senator, who represents a largely Republican district in Fort Worth, slammed Perry for being totally disconnected from the realities that women in the state must deal with.
Davis made news nationwide last June when she filibustered for 13 hours in the state Senate - with no interruptions, not even to go to the bathroom, eat or have a drink of water - in order to temporarily block a controversial Republican bill against abortion in Texas.
Despite her efforts, the state legislature passed the bill in a second special session. Now, according to Davis, 37 of the 42 clinics offering abortion services in the state will have to close down.
Even so, the filibuster was "a beautiful and powerful moment for democracy," Davis said.
"The nation was introduced to a force within our state" during the abortion debate, she said.
Asked about the growing influence of Hispanic voters in Texas, Davis said only that the Latino community is like any other in the state, in that it is concerned about such matters as education, economic development and access to health care.
"Those values translate across ethnic lines," she said.
During her speech Monday in Washington, Davis emotionally recalled the sacrifices of her single mom, and her own efforts to be the first in her family to graduate from university - she has a degree from Harvard Law School - even though she also became a single mother at 19. EFE