Democratic staffer says Wendy Davis will run for Congress

Democratic staffer says Wendy Davis will run for Congress
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Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) will run for Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyBudget watchdogs howl over deficit-ballooning deals Democrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill Congressional Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses two Texas Democrats MORE’s (R-Texas) seat in 2020, a staffer for Rep. Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaFish and Wildlife Service working with Border Patrol to protect animal refuges amid border wall construction: report Majority of Hispanic Caucus votes against spending bill with wall funds A dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal MORE (D-Texas) told the Austin American-Statesman.

“Wendy spoke to the congressman directly that she plans on running,” Vela’s press secretary Abigail Sheppard told the newspaper.

The district, which has historically gone to Republicans, is a top target for Democrats after candidate Joseph Kopser came within 3 points of flipping the seat in 2018. Kopser has already announced he will not seek the seat in 2020.

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Davis, who first made national headlines in 2013 for a 13-hour filibuster against anti-abortion legislation, was the state’s Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, losing to Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by about 20 points.

She said on the podcast “The Rabble: TX Politics for the Unruly Mob” in March that she was considering a run, saying, “Joseph Kopser gave a valiant effort [in 2018] — worked so, so hard and came very, very close. Can we do it for 2020?"

"I want to make sure that we have the ability to win it, and I believe we do," she said. "And, I want to believe I'm the right person to help us do that.”

Davis is already attracting high-profile support for the bid, according to The Texas Tribune, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders MORE (D-Calif.) set to co-host a meeting with Davis and potential supporters along with nine of the 13 Democrats representing Texas.

The invitation does not specifically identify Davis as a candidate or ask for donations, but says the event is “in support of her campaign for Texas CD21,” according to the Tribune.

Other members of Democratic leadership present will include House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial House delivers impeachment articles to Senate MORE (N.Y.) and Caucus Vice Chairwoman Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkDemocrats ramp up calls for war powers vote after Iran strike Nearly all Democrats expected to back articles of impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing MORE (Mass.), according to the Tribune.