By Gary P Jackson
I’ve seen candidates and their campaigns say some idiotic things over the years, but this has to take the cake.
It seems Perry is more worried about running for President, and raising money than doing “the greatest job on earth” as he once described being Governor of Texas.
It was a huge slap in the face to the people of Texas when Perry was a no-show in Bastrop on Saturday, for a scheduled walk through and press conference. Now this heartless comment by his team.
From Katherine Haenschen at Burnt Orange:
After leaving Texas during the worst wildfire season in our state’s history for a GOP primary debate in California, Rick Perry stayed on the West Coast for a three-day series of fundraisers. Rather than racing back to help disaster relief, he stayed in California to light a fire under Republican donors.
I guess when Rick Perry prayed to “make it rain” he meant into his campaign coffers, not onto the burning lands of Central Texas.
From a story in the Chicago Tribune earlier this week, emphasis mine:
Perhaps more than any other candidate, the Texas governor will use the trip to raise money for his presidential campaign. As the late arrival in the race, Perry has already proved his bona fides as a world-class fundraiser. Members of his finance team says “it is going like wildfire” and their California schedule backs up the claim.
Rather than returning immediately to his burning state, Perry headlined fundraisers in San Diego, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Jose and Fresno, as well as several public rallies. Ironic behavior from the man who says FEMA should stay out of it, just write checks, and let Perry handle all the disaster relief.
Meanwhile, back in Texas….
It doesn’t matter when the wildfire comment was made — it’s still woefully ignorant and insulting to the Texans who have lost their homes, and some their lives, in this dreadful season of drought.
This has been an abominably bad year for Texas wildfires:
The Bastrop fire has consumed over 1400 residences, the worst loss in the history of Texas wildfires.
Tuesday marked the 294th consecutive day of Texas wildfires, according to Inciweb, a fire-tracking website maintained by state and federal agencies .
Over 3.5 million acres of Texas land have burned in wildfires this calendar year so far.
Texas contains almost 50% of the national acreage consumed by wildfires this year.
But rather after racing back to Texas after the debate, Rick Perry also attended a 1000-person rally of adoring fans in Orange County, where he spoke at length about his accomplishments in Texas, reported the LA Times:
“With all due respect to my folks who are my competitors, nobody else has got a record like I’ve got in the state of Texas, or in this country for that matter.”
Perry’s right, especially when it comes to slashing funding for the very firefighters hard at work back in Texas putting out devastating wildfires.
With “all due respect” to Rick Perry, there is one competitor he’s about to face who has a far better record than his in every single category. Even better, instead of embracing crony capitalism, she sent corrupt politicians packing! [some packing it off to prison]
We didn’t comment when Perry ducked out of Jim De Mint’s candidate forum to come back to Texas and do his job, even though he was already in South Carolina, and had already done an event that day. We also didn’t comment when he left Texas for the debate at the Reagan Library. Nor did we say anything when he spent the next three days raising money.
That said, it’s becoming apparent that Perry’s lust for more power has come to the point of being disgusting.
Rick Perry was asked by the media, debate moderators, and everyday Texans, if he was re-elected would he use that as a launching pad to run for President, something Texans did not want him to do.
Perry repeatedly said that he had no interest in doing that, and kept repeating the aforementioned line that being the Governor of Texas was the “greatest job on earth” and how he wanted “no part of Washington.”
Running for office requires one to fundraise. That’s a fact of life, but while Texas burns you think Perry and his team would be a little more sensitive to those who have lost everything.
No need to be taking victory laps as Texans who have lost everything worry about their future.
Perry’s actions remind me of Barack Obama, who also thinks winning elections and raising money is more important than the job. These career politicians are what’s wrong with government.
In the grand scheme of things, these comments aren’t a big deal, but they do give you a look into the soul of Rick , and those he has surrounded himself with. Perry has a lot of things that disqualify him from high office, his actions while running for President just add to it all.
Rick Perry represents nothing more than more of the same. He’s a career politician who has built up a base of support through crony capitalism and corporate welfare, using tax dollars to enrich his supporters.
The Texas Governor’s office has been for sale to the highest bidder for a decade. Now he wants to take that program to the national level.
As a Texan, I can’t stress enough how unacceptable Rick Perry is.
You can help victims of the Texas fires. Check out the Austin Chronicle for information on who to contact and how you can help.