In a TV interview that aired Sunday, Sen. Wendy Davis said she has no plans to run for governor in 2014 and restated her intentions to seek another term in the Senate next year.
The Fort Worth Democrat's comments on Austin's KXAN repeated what she told the Star-Telegram in January. Davis, who has been frequently mentioned as a potential Democratic contender for governor, immediately focused on being re-elected to the Senate after she drew a two-year term in the Senate.
The drawing for either two- or four-year-terms is a constitutionally mandated Senate ritual that occurs after once-a-decade redistricting, when all 31 senators start in newly drawn districts.
"I am running for my Senate district in 2014 and...hopefully earning the confidence of my community once again, and being re-elected to that seat," Davis said on Sunday's edition of KXAN's In Session, In-Depth.
A story by KXAN staffer John Moritz, a former Star-Telegram correspondent, said the interview was conducted last week in the back lobby of the Senate. She was interviewed by KXAN correspondent Josh Hinkle, who moderates the station's Sunday political program on the Legislature.
Davis, who survived a fierce re-election battle against former State Rep. Mark Shelton of Fort Worth in 2012, has continually been touted as a rising Democratic star. She was one of two senators to vote against a Senate version of the proposed state budget on March 20 and has gained widening attention for attempting to restore Republican-led eduction cuts imposed by the 2011 Legislature.
"If I'm in the spotlight for supporting public education, I'm very proud to be there," she told Hinkle. Davis was also asked how she thinks Democrats will fare in upcoming statewide races.
"I don't know," she responded. "Too soon to tell at this point but I do think there's certainly some concern about some of the partisan policies that we've seen from Republican leadership here in this state."
Those policies, she said, have had a "discriminatory impact on our Latino population." She also criticized Republicans for "not supporting fully the investment in the most important capital we have - our human capital."
-- Dave Montgomery