Kick Her When She's Down

Wendy Davis' replacement gives the boot to running shoes in Texas legislature debut

Wendy Davis' replacement gives the boot to running shoes in debut

Konni Burton boots
Konni Burton debuted the boots on Facebook. Konni Burton/ Facebook
Konni Burton boots
The Tea Partier took over the seat from Democrat Wendy Davis. Konni Burton/ Facebook
Konni Burton boots
Konni Burton boots

Go ahead and cue the "kick her when she's down" jokes. As lawmakers filed into the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday to kick off the 84th Texas Legislature, State Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) came in rocking a new pair of kicks.

The newly minted politico wore a pair of cowboy boots emblazoned with the words "Stand for Life" as she joined her colleagues on the famed floor of the rotunda. Burton won the seat in November after its previous occupant, Wendy Davis, decided to run for governor following her star-making 13-hour filibuster during the last legislative session.

Davis, whose pink Mizuno running shoes are almost as famous as she is, lost the gubernatorial race in what some have criticized as one of the worst campaigns in recent history. (Her campaign received so much criticism that her critics were then criticized.) 

On Tuesday morning, Burton debuted her new shoes on Facebook saying, "It's a new day and because of that I wanted to step out and represent that in a visible way. No more pink shoe drama for SD 10!" (It's unclear whether Burton meant to rhyme in her message, or if she's a poet and doesn't even know it.)

Burton's decision to wear the boots has received praise from fellow Tea Partier Ted Cruz, among others, and has stirred up more media coverage about Davis and her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.