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Political Shenanigans in Texas (Updated)

Filed under: 2010 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 2:22 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A former aide to Governor Rick Perry is apparently knee deep in political shenanigans. If the article is accurate, Perry should be worried. A recent PPP poll shows Perry and Democrat Bill White tied at 43-43, although Rasmussen has Perry leading 49-40. Instead of campaigning, Perry is burnishing his negligible international reputation at an economic mission in Shaighai, China.

Time to come home, Governor.


UPDATED: The Court ruled the Green Party will not be on the ballot in November, agreeing with Democrats that the petition signatures were improperly obtained.

15 Responses to “Political Shenanigans in Texas (Updated)”

  1. I don’t think it will get much play here. People either like Perry already or hate him (I won’t be voting in the gov’s election).

    BradnSA (980254)

  2. Agreed with BradnSA – I wish we had a better candidate, but at least the Governor in Texas is fairly weak in powers. That’s why I was willing to vote for KBH in the primary – to get her out of the Senate, because it was obvious she was lying when she said she was retiring regardless. She would have been a lot less dangerous in the Governor’s house.

    Skip (ab3117)

  3. Perry is completely confused about who he is if he thinks he’s presidential cause he’s not but if he’s going to China for a real actual purpose then I hope he has a very nice trip.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  4. This is a very important race.

    Texas is lucky in many ways. KBH would have been a better governor than most states ever see. And White would probably do a very competent job.

    But redistricting of Texas’s many districts means the GOP needs Perry to win. Since Texas has done pretty well, relatively great, under Perry, I’m surprised he’s got such low approval, but he just acts/looks too much like a dang politician.

    I think conservatives are going to turn out in droves for the November Election in Texas. But there’s an element among conservatives in Texas, at least a few percent, that would flip to the Ds in protest. And a scandal is just the thing to make that happen. What in the hell was he thinking running his Chief of Staff as a BS green candidate? I don’t appreciate people screwing with my ballot box.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  5. Perry is completely confused about who he is if he thinks he’s presidential

    Damn straight. Cheney may have been on to something.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  6. AS the former Texas presidential campaign chairman for Al Gore, why does this guy have any credibility at all as a Republican? Why does he continue to be portrayed as a conservative?

    It seems that all it takes in Texas to be a “conservative” is to be a registered Republican with great hair and who wears cowboy boots. Does he live on a bicycle ranch like Bush?

    Pasadena Phil (7bc659)

  7. The Democrats in Texas are lucky to have a candidate like Kesha Rogers running for Congress. They should really consider adopting portions of her platform nationally.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  8. Pasadena,

    I know he’s pretty dang tight with the finances.

    And he handled Rita pretty well, too.

    But I’m feeling some buyer’s remorse and don’t really want to make the case for him if he’s not going to do it for himself. I just want my state to maintain the principles and direction that have served her well, and I do think Rick Perry is involved with that.

    NAACP (b54cdc)

  9. Perry’s problem is he’s trying to play both sides of the immigration issue.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  10. Perry will never, ever be President. I wish he would settle for being remembered as an effective Governor and settle for being a power player after that is done.

    All a Presidential campaign will do is embarrass him.

    Bradnsa (980254)

  11. White’s membership in MAIG should be pure political poison in Texas. If Perry can’t win with that kind of advantage then he deserves to lose.

    Brad (2cebab)

  12. I updated the post.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  13. Perry is in China as he is all over the world much of the time drumming up business for Texas firms. He doesnt believe a whole lot in publicity and leads business delegations all the time

    Considering Texas is nearing a trillion in GDP and its products help the rest of the country produce nearly 40% of the entire GDP and the USA is responsible for nearly 70% of the World GDP indirectly, China and Texas talks are of strategic importance.

    Bill White left Houston a fiscal mess, Perry isnt worried at all, not even campaigning

    EricPWJohnson (d0f7b1)

  14. Has Breitbart been indicted yet?

    JD (0f9c01)

  15. Wasn’t EricPWJohnson going to be out of touch for months?

    Sadly not.

    SPQR (26be8b)

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