The Washington Times - August 5, 2013, 01:50PM

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis on Monday cast herself as the kind of post-partisan figure that is needed to cut through the party divide in her state, telling a large Washington audience that she is still considering a run for governor.

Speaking at a sold-out National Press Club luncheon, Mrs. Davis said that she will run for either her state senate seat or for the governorship.


“I’m working very hard to decide what my next steps will be,” Mrs. Davis said. “I do think that in Texas people feel like we need a change form the very fractured, very partisan leadership that we are seeing in our state government right now.”

Asked whether she is open to running for lieutenant governor or U.S. Senate, Mrs. Davis narrowed down her options to “one of two offices: either my state Senate seat or the governor.”

Mrs. Davis raised her national profile in June when she conducted a nearly 13-hour filibuster against an anti-abortion bill that, among other things, would ban abortions at 20 weeks and require clinics providing abortions to upgrade their facilities or shutter their doors.

The effort temporarily stalled the proposal, but the GOP-led legislature passed the measure during a special session.

Longtime GOP Gov. Rick Perry announced last month he would not run for another term next year, but Mrs. Davis would be an underdog in the heavily Republican state if she entered the race.