How Did Perry’s Family Afford That Property, anyhow?
The name on Perry’s hunting lease is, at the very least, an embarrassment that should have been dealt with long before now.
But here’s a piece asking a different question: How did his family afford that lease, to begin with? (FrumForum, for those of you wishing to avoid the taint of reading anything by any conservative).
Perry (as he often says) spent his early childhood in a house without running water. His father (as Perry also often says) was a tenant farmer.
And yet in 1983, the Perry family was leasing a 1,070 acre hunting parcel and lodge on the West Brazos river, sometimes traveling by private plane. How’d they manage it? Even with Perry’s father’s salary as Haskell County commissioner for 30 years up through the 1980s? (The current commissioner earns a little north of $48,000.)
OK granted, West Texas land isn’t all that expensive. With a little googling, I found a hunting property on the Brazos River for under $2,000 an acre.
Maybe the Perry property was worth less. And they weren’t buying, they were leasing. Still-it is odd to see a person earning $48,000 in today’s money acquiring the use of a vacation property worth potentially $2 million in today’s money. Perry’s dad isn’t on the ballot of course. On the other hand, the multi-generation disconnect between Perry family income and outgo would seem a more inviting target to reporters than repainted topographic racial slights.