By Jessica Huseman
In case you hadn’t heard, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is really good at running his mouth. At a National Right to Life conference held in Dallas yesterday, Perry said Fort Worth Rep. Wendy Davis hadn’t “learned from her own example” as a single mother on the issue of abortion. The shockingly personal comment is now drawing criticism from his own party.
Here is the full comment in all of it’s shining glory:
In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. The daughter of a single mother, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate. It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example: that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.
Davis obviously took offense, going on MSNBC shortly after to say the comment “demeans the office he holds.” She also took to Twitter to say the following:
Today, @GovernorPerry shamefully attacked me and my family, further exposing his belief that he knows what’s best for Texas women.
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) June 27, 2013
But now even Perry’s GOP buddies are calling him out.
House Speaker Joe Straus, one of the most powerful Republicans in the state, told the Texas Tribune on Friday that he was not a fan of the personal jab, saying, “Disagreements over policy are important and they’re healthy, but when he crosses the line into the personal, then he damages himself and he damages the Republican Party.”
Perry defended his comments on the Laura Ingraham Show on Friday morning, saying he “was proud of what Wendy had accomplished,” then asking “How many young men and women across this country didn’t get to accomplish what Wendy Davis just accomplished because they weren’t born?”
It looks like Straus may need to have a chat with him about those “personal” comments.