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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - The daughters of Democratic candidate for Texas governor State Sen. Wendy Davis have written open letters to Texas voters in response questions about their mother’s past.

 


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Davis’ daughters, Dru and Amber, wrote the letters to “set the record straight” and defend Davis from criticism she has received since published reports have challenged her life’s timeline of events.  You can read the full text of the letters below.

Davis had publicly said she started working at 14 to help support her single mother and three siblings in Fort Worth, Texas. By 19, she was married and divorced with a child of her own and living in a mobile home.  After community college, she graduated from college at Texas Christian University and with honors from Harvard Law School. She later returned to her home state and built a successful legal career before jumping into politics.

But the Dallas Morning News reported that Davis was 21 — not 19 as stated in her online Texas Senate biography —when her first marriage ended in divorce. Also, Davis and her daughter Amber lived only a few months in her family’s mobile home.

Things got easier financially when she married her second husband, attorney Jeff Davis. His income helped raise Amber and the couple’s daughter together, Dru, as well as pay for her to finish college and attend Harvard. Jeff Davis also kept the couple’s two daughters while their mother was studying in Boston and, when the couple divorced in 2005, he won parental custody and she was ordered to pay child support, according to the newspaper.

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