On Wednesday night, Ringwald, who starred in several “Brat Pack” films in the ’80s like the “Breakfast Club,” tweeted a picture of herself and Davis, asking her fans to, “Support this woman. The next governor of Houston, Texas.”
Davis is running for Governor of Texas, not Houston. Houston is a city in Texas. Cities have mayors. Only states, territories and commonwealths have governors. Furthermore, Davis is from Fort Worth, not Houston.
Although Davis has virtually no chance of becoming Texas’ next governor, her campaign has already drawn a surplus of support from progressives around the country. After she conducted an eleven-hour, eleventh hour filibuster to stop a bill creating additional restrictions on abortion in Texas, Davis was catapulted onto the national radar. The bill ultimately passed in the Texas legislature, but a progressive star was born in Davis.
Davis announced earlier this month that she would seek the governorship of Texas in the 2014 election. Ringwald’s endorsement is Davis’ first high-profile, non-political endorsement in the race.
Ringwald, noticing her gaffe, attempted to cover her tracks. She deleted the original tweet and said — more than 22 hours later — that the mistake was a symptom of her jet lag.
This piece has been updated to include new information.