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January 6, 2014 - 11:37 am

Democrat Wendy Davis wants to be governor of Texas. Aside from her policy problems, which stem from the fact that she is among the farthest left legislators in the conservative state, Davis has a competence problem. The campaign staff she has hired to run her effort don’t know what they’re doing, and Davis doesn’t even seem to understand how the state government works.

Peggy Fikac reports on Davis’ latest “oops,” on payday lending.

The issue boiled over last week, when Davis called on the chairman of the commission that oversees the finance industry — who also happens to be vice president of payday lender Cash America — to resign after he suggested that consumers’ own bad spending decisions might prompt them to turn to such loans.

If William White doesn’t resign, Davis said that Gov. Rick Perry, who appointed him, should remove him. Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed noted that an appointee confirmed by the Senate “cannot simply be fired.”

Too bad, for purposes of the senator’s argument, that Davis voted to confirm White’s reappointment when it came before the Senate in 2011 — even though she had described him as “the classic fox in the henhouse,” as reported by the Texas Observer. Her vote was pointed out by Abbott’s camp.In addition, her campaign put out a news release Friday that miscalculated the amount donated to Abbott by the payday loan industry, initially giving a tally of $386,750 from four entities. As my colleague, Dave Rauf, reported after examining campaign finance records, the actual tally from those four was about $99,000. An updated figure from her campaign Friday, listing more entities giving additional money, still had mistakes, Rauf found. Her campaign later clarified that Abbott had raised at least $195,000 from the industry.

How many mistakes can one campaign make on one small-bore story?

First, is White even wrong to note that personal decisions play a role in why people end up needing payday loans? Here is what he said in an interview with the El Paso Times.

“People make decisions. There’s nobody out there that forces anybody to take any kind of loan. People are responsible for their decisions, just like in my life and in your life. When I make a wrong decision, I pay the consequences.”

If that comment is out of bounds, then the concept of personal responsibility is dead. That comment should fall well within the bounds of public discourse. It’s certainly not personally derogatory to anyone. It’s true as it relates to the law — no one is forcing payday or any other kind of loans on anyone else. People are, or ought to be, responsible for their own decisions, and those decisions have consequences. This is Sunday School stuff, hardly controversial. Calling on White to resign for saying what he said is just silly.

Not only does Davis call for his resignation over nothing, or for Perry to fire him, which the governor can’t even do, it turns out that she voted to confirm White. She had the opportunity under the Senate’s confirmation rules to single him out from the group vote is she had a serious problem with his nomination, but she didn’t do that. Now he has given a quote which ought not be controversial, and she just wants to make an issue of it to get some kind of a foothold in the election. It’s all transparent in its cynicism. Doubly so in its incompetence. Davis wants to be governor, yet she is calling on the current governor to do something that the state constitution doesn’t allow.

So Davis is already into clown territory. Then, her campaign fails to note her confirmation vote even to get it out of the way offer some rationale for it, while releasing bogus numbers to attack her opponent. All of this allows Abbott to parry her ineffective attack like swatting a fly. It also dents everything her campaign says going forward. They can’t read law, they don’t know how things work, they make bogus issues out of nothing, and they can’t do math. Other than that, they’re off and running. And Davis won’t fire any of them even though they have collaborated to make her look stupid.

File all this under “Still not even close to ready for prime time.”

But maybe she can correct all this by suing the newspaper for reporting on it.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Seems to me that smart Republicans in every single Texas race (whether it's for dogcatcher or Senate) would be smart to tie Davis around their opponents necks and force them to defend/champion her.... With one exception, all of our local dems have been big supporters of Davis and specifically her pro-abortion positions; certainly we should be making them own those positions.
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Wendy will pull this one out! She's fixin to campaign on the proposal that every pay day loan facility be required to also perform on demand abortions. It is sure to be a winner despite the fact that it will increase the butchery of African American babies.
41 weeks ago
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"Everyone knows it's Wendy..."
41 weeks ago
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and the El Paso Times doubles down:
Sen. Wendy Davis: Attorney General Greg Abbott at fault for payday-lending uptick
Critics cite letter from 2006 saying that no limits to fees that payday lenders can charge led to high-interest lending explosion
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_24856669/sen-wendy-davis-says-attorney-general-greg-abbott

if you didn't know, the El Paso Times and the Texas Tribune have entered into a partnership for news sharing.
41 weeks ago
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I predict that Texas Senator Leticia Van De Putte will drop out of the race for Lt. Governor …..This will torpedo Wendy's campaign...


“BLUE” TEXAS SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE LINKED TO CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY

Listen to her own words …

State/ Federal investigators and the media are being provided with documents including an audio recording of a July 21, 2010 meeting with Senator Leticia Van De Putte ( TX Lt Governor Candidate) who conspires with City of San Antonio TX Mayor Julian Castro ( Obama campaign co-chairman) , city attorney Michael Bernard ( brother of White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard), SAPD Chief William McManus and others to conceal long-term public/police corruption , Texas Open Meeting Act violations, Constitutional abuses, grant fraud, bond fraud, theft of public funds and other crimes.


The unfolding scandal has ties all the way to the White House. Obama was provided with proof of the ongoing criminal conspiracy , sent a reply acknowledging receipt of the documents BUT then did nothing and allowed the RICO-like criminal conspiracy to continue.


Background info:

http://watchdogwire.com/texas/2013/12/16/foddrill-alleges-possible-van-de-putte-link/


http://watchdogwire.com/texas/2013/12/13/former-sa-city-official-fights-corruption/?fb_action_ids=10152080540137855&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B612414982128505%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D


Raging Elephants Radio’s Doc Green interviews former San Antonio TX Telecommunications Manager John E Foddrill Sr. ( listen to Van De Putte examining proof of the massive RICO-like conspiracy)

http://soundcloud.com/ragingelephantsradio/rer-doc-greene-fri-dec-20-2013#t=42%3A55




41 weeks ago
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Wendy Davis isn't responsible for her vote to confirm White's reappointment - you see, she didn't find out about it until she read it in the newspaper. It must have been a rogue staffer who did that, or someone upset over a video, or a missed briefing, or global warming, or a tsunami, or George Bush.

And, consumers responsible for their bad spending decisions? Come on. "Gambling, strip joints, booze, drugs, criminal fines & child support - hey, someone else made those decisions - you know: my bothersome parents, my nagging ex-wife, my pesky boss, my demanding kids - each & every one of them drove me to it! I'm not responsible for my bad choices, really I'm not!"

So you're not responsible for your bad choices? You are now qualified to be President.
41 weeks ago
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Let's hope she just keeps talking (or whatever it is that she's doing)
and she digs her personal hole that much deeper.
Congrats to all and sundry that participated in writing this article.
Stay on this pink-clad moron, folks.
Steve Martin should be so funny.......
41 weeks ago
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“There’s nobody out there that forces anybody to take any kind of loan.”

Yeah, not yet anyway.
41 weeks ago
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What do you mean not yet? Feds took out $1000 loan in your name on Jan 1.
41 weeks ago
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Davis wants to be governor, yet she is calling on the current governor to do something that the state constitution doesn’t allow.

Doesn't matter to the out-of-state donors that will finance her campaign. She's the great pink hope that will end the War on Women in Texas. In fact, this will be spun as "The GOP refuses to fire him!" since he will still be in office and it will work. How many voters will understand the nuts and bolts of how the state government works?
41 weeks ago
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Seems to me that smart Republicans in every single Texas race (whether it's for dogcatcher or Senate) would be smart to tie Davis around their opponents necks and force them to defend/champion her.... With one exception, all of our local dems have been big supporters of Davis and specifically her pro-abortion positions; certainly we should be making them own those positions.
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