On Tuesday, the daughters of Texas state senator Wendy Davis defended their mom against charges that sheâ€™s been smudging her biography to make it look like she was a more involved mom than she actually was. Davis, who is running for governor, has been under fire since a Dallas Morning News article accused her of â€śblurringâ€ť facts, like exactly when she got divorced and how long her family lived in a trailer park. That DMN article also seemingly took her to task for allowing her ex-husband to have parental custody of their daughter, quoting an anonymous source who said, Davis was â€śnot going to let family or raising children or anything else get in her way.â€ť
I understand why Davisâ€™ daughters felt they needed to defend their mom and her parenting. The onslaught on Davisâ€™ parenting (and her politics) from the right, particularly in the wake of that DMN article, has been appalling: Theyâ€™ve called her everything from â€śAbortion Barbieâ€ť to implying sheâ€™s a bad, gold digging mom. Her daughter, Dru, points out that her mom always shared joint custody, even though she was living in her fatherâ€™s house.
But she also discusses her momâ€™s involvement in other ways: Her mom was her Brownie troop leader. Her mom was her teamâ€™s field hockey mom when Dru was a senior in high school. â€śShe went with me to every field hockey camp, tryout, program that I ever had,â€ť Dru writes, adding, â€śmy sister and I were always her first priority.â€ť