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It isn't easy going from Texas obscurity to a national political star like Wendy Davis

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Problems continue to mount for Texas Democratic gubernatorial leader and abortion-on-demand hero Wendy Davis.

Today, it's the Washington Free Beacon reporting that Davis used campaign funds to pay for a luxury apartment and the accountrements thereof in Austin while serving as a state senator.

It's legal for Texas legislators to use campaign funds for living expenses on official time, but, as the WFB observes, "the amounts involved and properties rented may undermine Davis’s campaign persona of a working class single mom ..."

Puttin' on the Ritz

Davis has been paying $2,000 in monthly rent for digs in The Monarch in 2009 and 2010. The facility describes itself as "a luxury community."

More recently, Davis has been paying a $3,000 monthly rental fee to stay at The Ashton, which is even more upscale than The Monarch.

The Ashton's website promises “beautiful hardwood and travertine flooring, an open kitchen with European-style cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, bedrooms large enough for a king size bed, and spa-inspired bathrooms with soothing soaking tubs,” according to WFB.

Go here for the full report by WFB.

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