Skip to comments.Wendy Davisís Media Meltdown
Posted on 02/04/2014 9:05:10 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Its been a rocky rollout for the Wendy Davis campaign in Texas. She announced for governor four months ago on the strength of the massive public attention paid to her 13-hour filibuster of a bill limiting abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. But since then her media operation has been so rocky, seasoned Texas journalists are mocking it.
David Mann, editor of the liberal Texas Observer, wrote a blunt article calling her campaign a media fail: The Wendy Davis operation is about the worst at media relations that Ive ever seen. Her teams mismanagement of the press is damaging her candidacy.
Mann recounts several not-ready-for-prime-time moments, from sending reporters to an incorrect location for a media event to refusing to confirm basic campaign scheduling details out of suspicion of the media. Noting Daviss media problems began as soon as she announced in October he, links to a November column by Sandra Sanchez, opinion editor of the Monitor, the leading newspaper in South Texas.
Sanchez openly admits she wants to believe that Davis could win and be our next governor but concludes that isnt likely to happen if the missteps, gaffes and goofs she witnessed during a Davis appearance in Pharr, Texas, continue. Sanchez wrote: It was embarrassing to watch as a campaign staffer prematurely announced Davis arrival and urged everyone to stand up and chant, which they did for several minutes until it was obvious that Davis wasnt there. I thought she was here, a worker mused into the microphone to the quizzical and confused glances from the crowd of 60 or so. Sanchez herself tried to ask a question about Davis recent response to an abortion question but before (Davis) could articulate, her new press aide Rebecca Acuña jumped in and said that comment was taken out of context. Acuña then called Sanchez late that night requesting she change a headline on the Monitors website.
Every campaign has a shakedown phase, but Mann notes that Daviss problems have been ongoing. In January, after serious questions were raised by the Dallas Morning News about Daviss account of her life, there was little substantive comment from the Davis campaign for eleven days. Then reporters were invited to a dinner sponsored by the Travis County Democratic Party where Davis was going to explain herself. But when reporters arrived at the dinner, an event they had received a media advisory for, they were turned away. Only the Dallas Morning News reporter was allowed in. Other reporters were directed to a live-stream link of the speech on the Internet. This is not unlike someone sending you an invitation that says youre invited to a party, but, hey, you can watch it on Skype, Mann wrote.
Democrats have reason to worry they have a candidate who is untested and mercurial. Frances Martel of Breitbart News has documented Daviss history of fluid political allegiances in her career, which include having contributed to George W. Bushs presidential campaign, voting in Republican primaries as late as 2006, and last month declaring herself in favor of expanding gun rights despite an F rating from the NRA during her years in the Texas state senate.
Daviss response to charges of opportunism has been to view them as a compliment because people dont necessarily know what my ideology might be because I wasnt driven by that. There apparently is so much about Wendy Davis we dont know. And if she keeps her current media team she will have a difficult time explaining her sides of the story.
When even the media turns against a liberal; you know the fail is bad.
And its even gonna get worse for the abortion queen
This is turning out to be some fun campaign.
This is the vetting process. She’s unfit for higher office, and therefore will not be nominated as her party’s candidate.
Conservatives need to learn how this is done.
OTOH, this could be their intent: get all these "bad" stories out now so that when the real campaign starts they can say, when questioned, that those stories are old and have already been dealt with, "Next question!"......
I don't think so.
Toast looks good first thing in the morning. Davis? Not so much.
Toast is tasty. Davis? Not so much.
Toast will keep you from starving. Davis? Not so much.
Toast is useful. Davis? Not so much.
An easy mistake to make, though.
-Gee, I wonder if Wendy will make a campaign stop in Midland?
-Gee, I wonder of I can get a press pass as a reporter for FreeRepublic.com if she does?
-Gee, I wonder if I can ask her a question regarding abortion during that campaign stop.
I’ll even submit it to her handlers for consideration.
Does this ditz have a credible opponent in the Dem. primary?
When the media turns on a Lib, you know they have sniffed out the fact that this is a person who could damage the Lib brand for a LOOOOONG time to come.
Toast doesn’t kill babies. Davis? Not so much.
Wendy will have the Democratic Party Nomination for Governor. She will bring in the money from outside Texas. The only primary opponent is Reynaldo Ray Madrigal.
According to the Texas Democratic Party Website, Ray doens't even have a website, facebook or twitter account set up.
Reynaldo "Ray" Madrigal couldn't remember just how many times he had run for office. Madrigal, 71 hasn't won any election, yet.
Wendy is the Democrat nomination for the general election. I suspect Madrigal won't get half her votes.
No. See post #16
Only Wasserman-Schultz is a more frightening, abortion-loving harpy.
yes, before the general election when the media “finds out everything” that they did not know five days before that election.
When the old hippie Leftist Texas Observer is mourning Windy’s downfall, you know she’s a real dud.....but she does have expensive tastes, so she’d like to bilk the ugly women in other states out of thousands in campaign donations.
That is the good news. She is going to draw pro-abortion campain dollars away from other races, and still lose.
Crap! It just dawned on me why the left-wing is turning on her already. It is to shut down the flow of dollars to her campaign and use them elsewhere, races they have a chance of winning.
If she goes south quickly enough to possibly be a major down-ticket drag, you don’t think one of the Castro brothers won’t step in to save the day?
The filing deadline for the Texas governor primary election closed December 9, 2013.
You say that as if deadlines and laws matter to Democrats...
Good Luck convincing Nandita Berry, Texas Secretary of State, to put a name on the Texas General Election Ballot that did not come from the Primary.
Deadlines and Laws may not matter to many democrats, but they will sure matter to her.
I ordered dry white toast and four whole fried chickens and a coke
Far as I’m concerned she can take her Texas toast @$$ and move to New York
“Mole...... Mole...... MOLEY, MOLEY, MOLEY, MOLEY, MOLEY!!!”
they got deep pockets in Hollywood
Who is opposing her in the D primary?
Have seen zero info on that, with all the MSM revved up over Abortion Barbie?
“Don’t you blaspheme in here!” ;-)
was Jake prophetic when he said “I hate Illinois Nazi’s” ??
Need to be careful here - Elizabeth Warren made some of the stupidest statements on record and still got elected. Course that was Peoples Rep of Mass instead of Texas.
I’m starting to believe that it only matters who counts the votes. And if elections are close then it becomes academic. The statist and their propagandist media set them up.
Ha, ha, could be!