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Fort Worth, Texas --- brought to you by Wendy Davis?

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In a new campaign ad, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis takes credit for multiple sites around Fort Worth and jabs Republicans for considering holding their 2016 convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“Hey Republican delegates!” the ad begins. “Wendy Davis would like to welcome you to the GOP convention in Fort Worth.”

As a helpful tip, the Davis campaign points out several places around Fort Worth, all “brought to you by Wendy Davis.”

For instance, the Omni-Fort Worth hotel was apparently “brought to you by Wendy Davis,” because she was a member of the city council when the hotel was built.

Davis did not pay for the hotel herself, did not suggest the hotel and did not build the hotel herself.

The hotel was first conceived in 1996. Davis was not elected to the council until 1999. The city approved a contract with Omni that included tax rebates and incentives capped at $89 million - including a $6.3 million grant for an underground parking garage. Investments paid for the bulk of the $240 million project.

Yes, Davis supported the hotel when she was on the city council - back when she was a Republican. But there are eight other members on the city council including the mayor, so Davis can hardly take sole credit for anything the council did.

Next, the campaign ad gets nasty. “After a long day of alienating women, Latinos and the LGBT community,” the ad continues, before suggesting Republicans eat at Montgomery Plaza, “brought to you by Wendy Davis.”

Again, Montgomery Plaza was developed with Davis’ help, but hers was not the only help – remember the other eight city council members.

Where the Davis campaign does have standing is with the Paris Coffee Shop, “brought to you by Wendy Davis.”

The café opened in 1926, but 40 years ago, it moved across the street. When the property behind the café was put up for sale, owner Mark Smith knew his business was in trouble, as he would lose business without the use of the property’s parking lot.

Everyone on the city council wanted his business to continue to stay open, but it was Davis who really “went to bat” for him – helping him get a fair shot at being able to purchase the property and stay open, Smith told the Washington Examiner.

The end of the campaign ad notes that Davis helped Magnolia Avenue – where the café is – by approving “beautification projects and infrastructure improvements, allowing restaurants and other merchants to flock to the area.”

It’s likely the café wouldn’t have remained open had Davis – longtime friends with Smith – hadn’t offered her help. But it was Smith and his neighbor who bought the property – not Davis.

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