In spite of his thundering speeches against big government, Governor Rick Perry of Texas has a troubled relationship with the Tea Party movement, a rift increasingly obvious as he gets closer to a presidential bid.
Tea Party groups from New Hampshire to Texas are joining to criticize Perry’s record on immigration, public health, and spending, as well as his former affiliation with the Democratic Party.
“It’s real easy to walk into church on Sunday morning and sing from the hymnal,’’ said Debra Medina, a Texas Tea Party activist who challenged Perry in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary. “I saw a guy that talked like a Tea Party candidate, but didn’t govern like one. I still don’t think he governs like the conservative he professes to be.’’Read the rest of the story here.
Texas conservatives recently shared material on Perry’s record with the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition, which dedicated a section of its website to the Texas governor. The coalition offers links to negative media coverage and videos about the man who it says “was Al Gore’s Democrat chairman’’ in 1988. Perry switched to the Republican Party in 1989, around the same time as other conservative Democrats.
The organization also distributed a series of e-mails to supporters, including one warning, “We should be aware there is more to him than meets the eye.’’ (link is mine)
Check out the NH Tea Party link in the thread. They really have compiled quite a list of items regarding Perry and his record in Texas.
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