That’s right, the one made famous by wearing pink tennis shoes in her quest to eliminate restrictions on late term abortions voted FOR the man she is now saying should resign from his position as Chair of the Texas Finance Commission.
Let’s reset. There has been a lot of noise lately from the Texas political media about “predatory” lenders. You know, the people that charge high rates of interest to give people high risk loans. Oh, the shame. I suppose they are “predatory” because the “enlightened” media would never, ever borrow money at high interest rates in an emergency. And if YOU think it is worthwhile to borrow money at a high interest rate to keep your electricity on until payday, THEY think you are stupid and shouldn’t be allowed to do so.
That’s where pink shoe’d Wendy Davis comes in. She is quoted saying that the guy in charge of the Texas Finance Commission should step down from his post because he works for Cash America, one of those “predatory” lenders that the intelligentsia despises so much. From the article in the El Paso Times by Marty Schladen:
In a statement, Davis said White’s comments were beyond the pale.
“Texans are tired of back-room deals and dishonesty in Austin,” Davis said.
“William White can’t protect Texas consumers while he represents a predatory lending company on the side. Mr. White should resign from his post — and if he won’t, Governor Perry should remove him.”
Davis has been critical of Texas’ payday lending rules and of White’s appointment. Since 2009, she’s filed bills intended to reform industry practices and in 2011, she called White’s appointment as chairman of the finance commission “the classic fox in the henhouse,” her statement said.
“Backroom deals” and “fox in the henhouse” eh?
Well, let’s see about that. After all, Wendy Davis is a State Senator. And State Senators confirm appointments made by Texas Governors. Did Sen. Wendy Davis put on her pink tennis shoes and filibuster the ol’ fox in the henhouse when it came time to approve him as Chair of the Finance Commission?
No, she did not. In fact, she voted FOR William J. White as Chair of the Finance Commission. Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself in the Texas Senate Journal dated May 11, 2011. Yeas 30, Nays 0, 1 Present, Not Voting (Kirk Watson-D). And that was after Sen. Wendy Davis called William J. White a “fox in the henhouse” on January 20, 2011. Backroom deals? Hmmm.
You would think that a reporter as good as Marty Schladen would have bothered to look that up. Or a guy like Scott Braddock of the Quorum Report before he jumped in . Or a fine editor like Erica Grieder of Texas Monthly before she jumped in.
Nope. It took a redneck blogger from Pasa-git-down-dena to bother to look up the facts.
Vote for Wendy Davis! She’s against you before she’s for you before she’s against you!