The most widely-known rumor in Texas, especially among the press, links Gov. Rick Perry to several gay trysts. For years though, this rumor has remained just that with no MSM willing or able to publish a story with credible sources. A presidential run could change that.
While the national press awaits Perry’s announcement, articles anticipating the Big Gay Story are already coming in, most notably in today’s New York Magazine. The tone of that article however, is ‘much ado about nothing’, which begs the reader to ask why it was written. (Web traffic, dummy)
Once he does announce, and he will, the rumors will continue. Some will be articles about the rumor, which passively keep the rumor alive. If a story, a story with evidence, would likely come from The Texas Tribune. Their staff is like an all-star team compiled from Texas political press corps.
[ The Tribune's PerryTracker displays Perry's out-of-state excursions in the midst of a special session he demanded. That's enough evidence that he is done focusing on Texas.]
All this fuss about his sexuality distracts from the point that politically, he is anti-gay.
In a 2005 TV interview, Perry responded to a question about gay veterans, saying “Texans made a decision about marriage and if there’s a state that has more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that’s a better place for them to live.” [Daily Kos]
Gay marriage gets only a slightly softer response.
Believe it or not, Perry backed Al Gore back in 1988. Texas politics demand anyone with aspirations of advancement join the party of power, which (roughly) until Bush unseated Gov. Ann Richards, was the Democratic Party. (Think Southern Democrats).
But after taking over the governor’s seat vacated by George W. Bush, Perry began his long transformation into more of a libertarian-Republican. This is grandstanding, and he is a political chameleon, trying to please the broadest base to advance his career. In essence, he’s been running for president for a decade.
One glaring example from the 2007 legislative session where Perry’s political opportunism trumped his staunch beliefs.
In a race to be the first governor to pass a bill providing HPV vaccines to young girls, Perry jumped the gun and mandated every 11-year-old girl get one. The legislature and Lieutenant Governor quickly pointed out that in Texas, the governor has no such power, and any moderate HPV-access legislation bore the stain of ‘big government’ after the backlash against Perry came in.
The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, was produced solely by Merck. Merck’s lobbyists included Perry’s former chief of staff, and had ties to other staff members. Merck’s return on investiment of $5,000 to Perry and other legislators would have been astronomical at over $300 per vaccine.
By 2009, Perry flirted with secessionist sentiment to appease his tea party audience.
On huge topics like education and the environment, Texas is abysmal. But that never hurt W., so maybe he does know what he’s doing.
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Well this screws up the laziness stereotype: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal cracked down on immigrant labor and lined up workers on probation to fill that labor demand. Turns out it was too demanding and several probationers walked off the farms. Not sure I see the fiscal responsibility of $1 billion of food rotting in those fields.