Davis Once Supported Death Penalty Moratorium

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is facing some pressure over her past support of a death penalty moratorium.

Wendy Davis (Campaign photo)

AUSTIN (August 11, 2014) Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor, is facing new pressure over her past support of a moratorium on the death penalty.

Davis voted as a Fort Worth city councilwoman in July 2000 for a resolution supporting a moratorium in order to study the death penalty and potential changes.

The vote on the resolution failed, 5-4.

Davis, who is now a state senator, now says she supports capital punishment, but her Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, is pressing the issue.

Abbott’s campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch accused Davis of "flip-flopping and political posturing."

Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas told the newspaper Davis wanted changes to the death penalty then that have since been addressed by courts and the Legislature.

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