Wendy Davis postpones announcement on future plans

August 29, 2013
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-FortWorth, sits at her desk after the Texas Senate passes an abortion bill, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill, which Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) signed into law, requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allows abortions in surgical centers, dictates when abortion pills are taken and bans abortions after 20 weeks. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) sits at her desk after the Texas Senate passes an abortion bill, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) said Wednesday that she is postponing an announcement on her future plans to focus on her family.

Earlier this month, Davis said that she would either seek reelection or run for governor, and that she would make the decision public soon. On Wednesday, the Texas Tribune reported that although Davis had planned to make an announcement by early September, she was putting the plan on hold.

"I had hoped to make public my decision about that next week, but with everything that's going on with my dad, I won't be doing that," she said to the Texas Tribune. "It's likely it will be late September before I do."

According to the Texas Tribune, Davis' father, Jerry Russell, remains in critical condition at a hospital in Fort Worth from complications that arose after abdominal surgery. Russell, an actor and director, is known in North Texas for his nonprofit theater company Stage West. He was producing his latest work, "Thank You Jeeves" when he became sick, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

In a Vogue profile published earlier this month, Davis described her admiration for her father, despite his decision to leave her family, which included Davis's mother and three other siblings.

“My dad is truly the person who always made me believe in myself, to appreciate that I was smart,” she told Vogue, adding that he was "a good dad."

Talking Points Memo reports that even though Davis said the announcement might not come until the end of September, Texas Democrats have already been on the lookout for her potential running mate,

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthetam.
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