AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor, is facing new pressure over her past support of a moratorium on the death penalty.
The Houston Chronicle reports 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, and Davis is now a state senator who says she supports capital punishment.
But that vote is being pressed 14 years later by Davis’ Republican opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Abbott 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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