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1 jaunte  Sat, Aug 13, 2011 8:08:26pm

A little more about Perry from Bill White (via Texas Monthly)

I sought to debate, but he did not want to debate and defend his record. He very rarely campaigned in person. When he did, he chose public appearances, where questions from the press would be limited. If his handlers had exposed him to more questioning, then he might have responded in a way that hurt him. One of the few—perhaps the last—impromptu sessions he had with a journalist occurred about six months before the election: After a meeting with BP executives he said that the oil spill might have been caused by an act of God. After that there weren’t many impromptu sessions with journalists.

His strategy was to claim that Texas government was in good shape, when, obviously everyone now knows, it was not. Perry ran massive amounts of advertising in Houston in the last six weeks. About two thirds claimed that Texas state government was in good financial shape and took credit for the fact that Texas had grown faster than other states, despite the fact that it has for one hundred years. The other ads had pictures of me and President Obama. Some, especially outside the Houston area, attacked Houston and my performance as mayor. Polls showed that he pulled into a lead after the massive advertising barrage principally because of the influence on independent voters who didn’t like the growth of government in Washington.

There were also some silly things that happened that are still hard to believe. One consulting firm of his created artificial people to tweet. [The campaign] wanted to question my support in the African American community, but they couldn’t recruit an African American person to do it, so on Twitter they used a stock photo of a black person. One of the people who supported my campaign clicked on the image and found out it was a singer from Atlanta. The Twitter address was registered at the same location as one of Mr. Perry’s political consultants. [Link: www.texasmonthly.com...]

2 elizajane  Sat, Aug 13, 2011 8:24:54pm

Here's another: although he makes a big noise now about being the protector of private property rights against the evil socialistic Democrats, that wasn't going to stop him from using Eminent Domain to scoop up a lot of Texas land (584,000 acres) to build the Trans Texas Corridor, which was going to be a toll road run by the Spanish company Cintra.

So I guess that private property in Texas means a corporation's property. Yup, that makes a lot of sense now.

3 Fenris  Sat, Aug 13, 2011 8:51:54pm

An 11th one for the list:

Bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday [early 2007] making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

By employing an executive order, Perry sidestepped opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents’ rights groups who fear such a requirement would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way Texans raise their children.

Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade — meaning, generally, girls ages 11 and 12 — will have to receive Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Bill White (the former mayor of Houston, not the Neo-Nazi) rode Perry on that in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Ties to Merck lobbyists were suspected.

"Keep gubmint out of our lives!"

4 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sat, Aug 13, 2011 11:38:08pm

lol, alex jones is WAY ahead of think progress

[Link: webcache.googleusercontent.com...]

5 laZardo  Sun, Aug 14, 2011 12:19:16am

re: #4 000G

You know someone's fucked up when even Alex Jones agrees with you.

IIRC he actually found David Icke too crazy for him.

6 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Sun, Aug 14, 2011 12:32:45am

re: #5 laZardo

You know someone's fucked up when even Alex Jones agrees with you.

IIRC he actually found David Icke too crazy for him.

In the beginning he did:

But Icke's been on Jones' show many times over the years

[Link: www.youtube.com...] (seach for Icke)

AFAIK he still disassociates himself from Icke more extreme New Age bullshit, but now presents it rather as another legitimate view point he doesn't share instead of a "turd in a punch bowl". Jones has become crazier and crazier over the years.

7 lostlakehiker  Sun, Aug 14, 2011 6:34:15am

re: #3 fenrisdesigns

The list wisely stops with 10. This 11th just dilutes the case against Perry. If he had blocked this public health measure, instead of sped it on its way, that would have counted more heavily in the scales against him.

An 11th one for the list:

Bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday [early 2007] making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

By employing an executive order, Perry sidestepped opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents’ rights groups who fear such a requirement would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way Texans raise their children.

Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade — meaning, generally, girls ages 11 and 12 — will have to receive Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Bill White (the former mayor of Houston, not the Neo-Nazi) rode Perry on that in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Ties to Merck lobbyists were suspected.

"Keep gubmint out of our lives!"

8 CuriousLurker  Sun, Aug 14, 2011 3:52:53pm

Good to know. Thanks, jaunte.


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