For 30 years, Gloria Campos was a fixture on north Texas television sets as an anchor for ABC affiliate WFAA Channel 8. When Campos retired from broadcasting in March, most expected her to step away from the public eye, but she has chosen to return to the public spotlight, as a vocal supporter of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.
Davis has faced an uphill battle in her quest to become the state’s first Democratic governor in 20 years. With a liberal voting record and a rise to national prominence by filibustering a bill that would have banned late term abortions, Davis has found few supporters in a red state like Texas. In an attempt to win over voters, Davis has turned to a number of celebrities to increase her appeal, including local personalities like Campos, who still has a high profile among many north Texans.
In recent weeks, Campos wrote several emails to voters asking them to vote for Davis. She paralleled her career in journalism to Davis’ political rise. “When I started as a reporter, I knew that I was in uncharted territory here in Texas,” she said in an October 7 email. “I was told pretty often that I wouldn’t make it in the world of news broadcasting. That might sound familiar to all of you — it’s the same thing pundits say about Wendy running for Governor. Well, guess what? I spent 30 years as an anchor for WFAA Channel 8. They were wrong about me. And they’re wrong about Wendy, too.”
Campos even praised Davis’ filibuster of a law that would have banned late term abortions. “I remember covering Wendy’s historic filibuster. This is a woman who not only hears the stories Texans tell her, but actively seeks out ways to help. And when she’s got her mind set on something, there is nothing — nothing — that will make her back down. As an advocate, I can say that Wendy’s plans for Texas’ future are impressive. And as a native Texan, I can’t wait to call Wendy my next Governor.”
In an October 23 email, Campos asked voters to take advantage of early voting, and again praised Davis’ attempt to keep late-term abortion legal. “I remember covering Wendy’s historic filibuster and imagining what it would be like to have someone like her lead our state. It’s hard to believe that people began early voting on Monday to make this a reality,” she said.
Campos even co-hosted a blockwalk in Dallas this week to help get out the vote for Davis. She was joined by Cecile Richards, President of The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Stephanie March, the wife of celebrity chef Bobby Flay and actress known for her role on the television show Law and Order.
Campos’ views on Davis and her abortion filibuster would lead many to speculate how much she influenced media coverage of Davis while sitting behind the WFAA anchor’s desk.
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