Pressure is building on State Senator Wendy Davis to make a decision on what type of political campaign she will launch. Re-election to the seat the Fort Worth Democrat already has or to try for a statewide office.
The dramatic rise on the political stage for State Senator Wendy Davis is filling her campaign war chest. And while Texas grassroots organizations continue to be the driving force behind her support several major national players are getting involved.
The crowds that swarmed the Capitol grounds and State Senator Wendy Davis' third floor office are now gone. To keep the momentum going Davis Monday night sent out this robocall.
"I was calling to invite you to our live town hall discussion about how we can join together to fight for a better Texas, but I can't do it alone I need your help and your ideas," Davis said.
Davis, along with the Castro brothers, currently appears on the cover of Texas Monthly all three are now big attractions for Democrat fundraisers.
Tuesday night Davis is a headliner for Organizing for Action, the political machine that drove President Obama's White House campaigns. A notice was sent to political analyst Brian Smith about the evening conference call.
"Putting Wendy Davis on the same stage as the President that definitely elevates her from being a state senator from the metroplex to being a national figure," Smith said.
Davis's most recent campaign disclosure form is filled with names from across Texas. While Smith points to the 100 grand from Fort Worth oil man Sid Bass as is her largest donation money is also coming in from out of state consultants, political operatives and liberal non-profits. But the company operating this website, according to Smith, may be one of the most important.
"And there's good fund raisers and there's bad fundraisers. BH Strategist is one of the best known fund raisers for Democratic candidates," Smith said.
Davis is still trying to decide what type of campaign is best for her, a statewide race or re-election bid.
"I want to do what's right for me and my family, I want to do what's right for the state and the party and so it will take a lot of decision making and I'll make it in a way that's very personal to me and also one that is reflective of the possibilities and the landscape and the future of Texas," Davis said.
Campaign finance reports may factor in. When compared to the $20 million Republican Greg Abbott has for his gubernatorial bid Davis' bank account is more on par with those battling it out for the GOP Lt. Governor nomination.
Davis with her recent Planned Parenthood bus tour certainly has the look of a statewide candidate, but Smith says keeping her senate seat has its benefits.
"She has established herself really as the voice of opposition," he said.
To keep that voice in play political groups like the Lone Star Project and Annie's List are gearing up. Both have teamed up with Davis in her past campaigns and are expected to on board again.
Davis has not said when she will announce what type of campaign she plans to run for 2014.