Skip to comments.Perry Cements His Reputation As a Powerful Governor
Posted on 07/03/2011 12:39:44 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Gov. Rick Perry may or may not try to become the leader of what was once called the free world. In the meantime, he has cemented his reputation as one of the most powerful governors ever to walk the corridors of the Texas Capitol.
As the longest serving governor in state history, Perry has named more people to boards and commissions than any predecessor 5,495 at last count, Legislative Reference Library figures show allowing him to put his conservative stamp on every corner of state government.
The reach of his power, and his willingness to use it, have been most striking in the recently concluded sessions of the Texas Legislature, which gave Perry a fairly long wish-list of conservative reforms. If Perry does end up on the presidential campaign trail, he will be ticking them off like a pre-trip checklist. Curbs on abortion done. Lawsuit restrictions check. Staggering cuts to programs once seen as off-limits yes, yes and yes.
Basically nobody has dominated the executive branch, that Im aware of, like Rick Perry has, said Jim Henson, a political scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. Its a very different kind of governorship now. Hes been there so long, and hes effectively used the resources at his disposal.
But some Republicans worry there will be political fallout for supporting the first decline in overall public education spending since at least 1949. And Perry did not get everything he wanted or successfully twist every arm of every legislator who bucked him.
Case in point: Rep. David Simpson, a freshman Republican of Longview, says he got called into the principals office to discuss his string of tirades against Perrys pet job-luring funds, which Simpson calls unseemly corporate welfare. During the meeting with the governor, Simpson said, Perry said, in a sense, We gotta keep taking pork back to the district. Simpson never backed down, but the governor got millions for both the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Emerging Technology Fund. Mark Miner, a spokesman for the governor, said Perry would not discuss his private conversations but believed the funds had helped create tens of thousands of high-quality jobs in Texas.
Democrats also have a darker vision of Perrys stroke: they say he is just doing what the Tea Party demands. This session I think the Tea Party was driving the train, said Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine. I think Perry got in front of the train and managed to climb into the engine.
Many legislative veterans, however, say Perry, a former House member and farmer, finds himself at the height of his influence and has used it to redefine the limits of the Texas governors office. Texas has never been in the position were in with the governor, said state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa. This governor has probably appointed every office thats appointable.
That, in turn, has blunted the traditional push back from agencies on the chopping block, he said. Theres not very much resistance when we take away 100 employees from a large agency or send them less money, Chisum said. They know not just to cry to us, because the governor appointed and put those people in place, and so they know its coming directly from him.
Even with a full schedule of profile-boosting out-of-state events, Perry kept the pressure on lawmakers to do his bidding. The governor, who has no official role in writing the budget, insisted they slash spending while mostly keeping their hands off the states fat reserve fund. The governor bent a little, giving his blessing to a $3.1 billion draw from the Rainy Day Fund to pay for a past deficit, but he resisted often considerable pressure to take billions more, putting him at odds at times with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican, and powerful G.O.P. senators. Perry won.
Legislatures often slap around governors in Texas, where constitutional authority in the executive branch is spread out. The governor does not really have a cabinet; the lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller are all independently elected and have broad powers over legal, financial and legislative matters.
But this session, the governor threw his weight around more than usual. When a rewrite of hurricane insurance came up, for example, Perry torpedoed what some of the parties negotiating the bill thought was a deal.
Until I agree to it, the governors office isnt an agreed-to place, Perry said when reporters asked. The issue later spilled into a special session, and the controversial legislation, opposed by trial lawyers, passed in a form more to Perrys liking.
More recently, when Republican defections knocked a controversial school-financing bill off the rails in the House, it was not Speaker Joe Straus who talked wavering members off the ledge, several participants say. It was Perrys chief of staff, Ray Sullivan, and his legislative liaison, Ken Armbrister (appropriately nicknamed Arm Twister).
Rep. Jim Pitts, chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said it was one of many times this session that he had called on the governor and his team to help him secure votes. Pitts said the governor was particularly influential with a group of about 25 hard-core budget cutters dominated by Tea Party-backed freshmen that dance with the governor and sing his song.
The governor had a lot of influence in the Texas House, in my opinion, this session more than any session that Ive been involved in, Pitts said. On a scale of 1 to 10, he was a 91/2.
2012—The Black Messiah is re-elected.
2016—Rick Perry becomes President, even if he runs and loses this time around.
It’s pretty obvious. The Big Money chooses the President (via the Electoral College). It’s always been this way. Follow the bribes, er, election campaign contributions, and you, too, can accurately predict who wins.
Rick Perry is a Conservative ... Really - as compared to obama maybe. But Perry is not a real Conservative - he is a pretend Conservative...
If Perry were really so “powerful” he wouldn’t have folded like a cheap camera when Bob Perry and the H-E-B Prez ordered the Sanctuary Cities bill to be killed - by far the most important bill of the special session.
Maybe a better comparison than “more” Bush, would be a “conservative version of LBJ”. It would be nice if someone could push things as far to the right as LBJ pushed to the left. It will be necessary just to get back near the middle after these past few years.
” Really - as compared to obama maybe. Perry is not a real Conservative - he is a pretend Conservative...” ======
Texas fiscal shape is superb because Perry is not a conservative. Texas rocks on jobs (greater than any other state in the union) because Perry is not a conservative. Texas boasts a governor who is hell on wheels for state rights, which is not conservative. /s /s /s
This tells us something is wrong in Texas, no different than Washington.
Something is wrong with Texas?? Yeah, we don’t elect Dayton or that Truther Ventura or Al Franken. Now, again, tell us what is wrong with Texas?
Perry has been Governor for 10 years and as such has had lots of appointments to make. Why? Because we re-elected him.
Downright eerie how Perry’s people talked about Merck product on same day Merck gave Perry money
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Second, Roves opponents would regularly find that they had suddenly become the target
of a criminal investigation, and details concerning the investigation would be
aggressively fanned to the press. Rove mastered this technique in a contest
for the Texas Agriculture Commissioners post that he managed for now-Governor Rick Perry.
It Started in Texas: Karl Roves Political Prosecutions
1. Rove was hired to run the campaign of Rick Perry, the current governor,
for the powerful Texas office of Commissioner of Agriculture, then held by
Democrat Jim Hightower. Shortly thereafter, it was clear that a major
FBI investigation had been launched into the workings of the Texas Agriculture
Department (TDA), focusing on Hightower and his senior lieutenants, who had been
pursuing a populist, anti-corporate agriculture and pro-small-farmer agenda.
Jim Hightower talks about his new book, “Thieves in High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country and it’s Time to Take it Back”
HIGHTOWER: Rick Perry, back then (currently Texas Governor), was his client, so to speak,
and Perry had been recruited. He was sort of a nothing Texas legislator who had been brought
in — again as an affable fellow without any brain muscle. Perry was essentially sent to
wander around out in West Texas during the campaign so he would be out of the way,
while Rove worked this FBI agent and raised money from the chemical industry
and other corporate interests that opposed me. Rove had George Bush go on
television against me. Then Rove ran a series of television ads that
established a new low in negative advertising.
For example, they showed a long-haired guy setting a flag on fire,
and throwing it on the ground. And then my picture came up out of the fire, and said
“Hightower supports flag burning,” which, of course, I don t. But it doesn t matter,
you know. I had to go around answering: “Why do you support flag burning?”
Rove had another ad of me campaigning with Jesse Jackson, who I supported in 1988
in the Presidential campaign. And Rove ran this ad that essentially was a smear
on Jackson and then tying me to him. The ad so angered the Black Caucus in the State Legislature
that they convened their own press conferences in Houston and Dallas to assail it. But again it was too late.
All this was happening in the last three weeks of the election. So, I mean, that s just who the guy is.
Gay rumors complicate Rick Perry’s presidential prospects
Naked City The Real Sins of Gov. Perry
On Tuesday morning, a small group of protesters (almost outnumbered by reporters and photographers)
gathered at the Governor’s Mansion for what was disingenuously billed as a “support rally” for Gov. Rick Perry,
under the theme, “It’s OK to Be Gay.” As any Austinite with access to e-mail or a cell phone knows by now,
for a couple of months rumors concerning the governor’s personal life have been flying furiously around the Capitol,
the capital city, the state, and indeed most of the Western Hemisphere.
The variations are multiple and quite inventive we won’t recount them here
but at their core is the tale that the governor’s marriage is in trouble, that his
wife Anita has/will/may decide to divorce him, and that the issue is Rick’s alleged infidelity,
with one or another member of his administration of undetermined gender.
(Rumors of this sort, about multitudinous politicians, circulate all the time,
but the current Perry rumors are indeed extraordinary in their baroque detail and remarkable persistence.)
"Basically nobody has dominated the executive branch, that I'm aware of, like Rick Perry has," said Jim Henson..."I'm Muppet at the capital right now, communicating with him via Ouija board," the writer adds.
To tell you the truth there are only two true conservatives worth considering.... DeMint and Palin
No state needs Dayton, Ventura or Franken, and no state needs 5,495 people on state boards or commissions. Bloated government is bad everywhere.
Would you allow those positions to go unfilled/open? As a ‘seeker of truth’ you may find out that Perry has been in the governors office for some ten years and only operating under the Texas State Constitution which grants those powers. Now there maybe things wrong with Texas but that is how it operates within the way the state was established in it’s constitution a few years ago.
Well said. I am trying to round up potential plaintiffs for a case to overturn Rick Perry’s DREAM ACT.
must be opposed to instate tuition for illegal aliens
Must be paying taxes on oil and gas revenues in TX.
E-mail me if interested
Since when did we start looking at “powerful” as a good thing in a president?
Did we become Russians when nobody was looking??
Will we start electing “strong leaders” now? Like Stalin? Pol Pot? Castro?
(wait, we already did that - see how it’s turning out?)
How about we elect a GOOD person. Not someone about power.
Someone patriotic, and fair.
Someone who wants the best for America. Not themselves.
Its important to point out that there is a huge difference in the Texas Dream Act and the The Dream Act that was pushed in Congress and failed. The Dream Act in Congress was full of all kinds of goodies other than allowing children of illegals to receive in state tuition. The Texas Dream Act was focused only on that. I happen to agree with The Texas Dream Act, and so did everyone in the Senate in Texas. It passed with ZERO no votes. Add to that, it has been proven to be successful.
These are a few things you need to know about the Texas Dream Act. The child has to have lived in Texas the three years leading up to high school graduation. These students are given no special treatment in getting into Texas colleges and universities. They must get in on their own merit. They are paying the tuition (with or without financial aid). Its estimated that these students make up about 1% of those entering college.
Most of us agree that border control MUST be dealt with first. The problem with all other efforts on this issue in the past is that the borders were not sealed. If there is anyone who we can trust to do that it is Gov. Perry (if he decides to run for President). He knows what goes on down at the border. He has gone there many times. He knows what needs to be done. There is no doubt in my mind that if he were President, he would seal our borders. But Perry also understands Hispanic outreach.
Perry called the special session. The Senate left a take it or leave it bill and adjourned. The House was pissed at the Senate's action and left town too.
HEButts and Bill Perry? Check with the TX Legislature they gave Gov. Perry nothing to sign.
Rick Perrys Tenth Commandment "......Speaking of presidents: Rick Perry has a complicated relationship with the Bushes, which is to say that hes hesitant to criticize them and they hate his guts. W. stayed well away from Perrys gubernatorial-primary melee against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, whose oatmeal-mushy Republicanism has a distinctly Bushian savor to it. But the mark of W. was all over the campaign against Perry. Former president George H. W. Bush endorsed Senator Hutchison, an unusual step for the habitually reserved retiree, who usually stays well removed from the dirty business of vote-grubbing, surveying the groundlings from the heights of his eminence. Bush père was joined in his support by former vice president Dick Cheney, who offered an endorsement and called Hutchison the real deal. Hutchison was further fortified by the Bush clans in-house Machiavelli, former secretary of state James Baker, who led the Florida recount fight in 2000 and remains their go-to fixer. W. mouthpiece Karen Hughes came out of the political woodwork to support the insurgency, along with W.s secretary of education Margaret Spellings. Karl Rove advised Team Hutchison. The gang was all there: All this in a primary challenge to unseat an incumbent Republican governor with one of the most conservative and most successful records to be found: Que paso, Bushes?
Part of that was payback. Perry, generally circumlocutious on the subject of W., gave himself a little time off the leash during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. Often caricatured as yet another snake-handling southern social conservative, Governor Perry backed thrice-married dress-wearing pro-choice lapsed Catholic Rudy Giuliani, on the theory that Rudy would be a badass commander-in-chief abroad and a reliable constitutionalist at home. Politics being politics, the Texan and the New Yorker met up in Iowa, where more than a few Hawkeye conservatives were already getting restive about out-of-control federal spending on the Republicans watch. Governor Perry let loose the observation that George and the Bushies hate it when Perry calls him George in public has never been a fiscal conservative. Never? Wasnt when he was in Texas . . . 95, 97, 99, George Bush was spending money. He also criticized Bush as being limp on immigration.
The truth hurts, but theres more to the Bush-Perry friction than that. One longtime observer of Lone Star politics described the Bushes disdain of Perry as visceral, and it is not too terribly hard to see why. The guy that NPR executives and the New York Times and your average Subaru-driving Whole Foods shopper were afraid George W. Bush was? Rick Perry is that guy. George W. Bush was Midland by way of Kennebunkport. Rick Perrys people are cotton farmers from Paint Creek, a West Texas town so tiny and remote that my Texan traveling-salesman father looked at me skeptically and suggested I had the name wrong when I asked him whether he knew where it was. (Governor Perry confesses that one of the politiciany things hes done in office is insisting that the Texas highway atlas include Paint Creek, making him the hometown boy who literally put the town on the map.) Bush is a Yalie, Perry is an Aggie. Bush served in the Texas Air National Guard, and Perry was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, flying C-130s in the Middle East. Bush has a gentlemans ranch, Perry has the red meat. The irony is that Perry, a tea-party favorite, personifies the hawkish new fiscal conservatism that has allowed the GOP to find its way out from under George W. Bushs shadow, but he himself remains in the shade of that politically poisonous penumbra......"
Perry does not believe there is valid scientific proof of anthropogenic global warming. He has said several times that there is no scientific consensus on the issue. On September 7, 2007 Perry gave a speech to California Republicans. He said, "Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. ... But you won't read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story."
I respect your well laid out explanation but even so it is an affront that most Americans are competing for these slots or if from out of state are expected to pay out of state rates.Most Americans if given a popular vote on this will want it overturned please investigate the petition drive to overturn in MD...astounding response with 30% DEM. Support.
These are ruling class policies and most Americans are ready to overthrow this stuff.
The way the government system is setup in Texas, Ma Richards and George W Bushed looked like a conservatives most of the time. It has a part-time legislature with power in Lt Gov and speaker of House who set the legislative agenda, state has no income tax and any type of change(like income tax) in Texas has to be amended to the constitutuion and only people by vote can do it(there are over 300 amendments to the Texas Constitution)
The Gov of Texas doesn’t have much power and whatever Perry allegedly did in Texas probably doesn’t translate to Washington DC.
Now if is platform would be to amend constitution resemble Texas’ form of Government, then I would maybe consider him.
You’re spreading lies that have been repeatedly discredited. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s campaign for the TX Governor’s office had to pull that from their site and the Senator disavowed knowledge of how they got on her site and apologized to the Perrys.
But you know that. You’ve been told that. But still you persist to spread it. This should tell all FReepers on FR what kind of poster you are.
It's easy to say do this or do that. WHAM!
It just isn't reality.
The Gov is playing the hand he was dealt and he is doing a good job. He is the Executive of Texas and has asked for drones, 3000 troops on the ground, has established an elite TX Ranger force on the INTERNATIONAL border, he walked up to Obama on the tarmac in Austin and handed him a letter to the effect that we need help (Obama was in town for a fundraiser) -- zip, zero, nada.
In Texas we're spending $160 Million/2 years (legislature meets every 2 years for 140 days) of state funds on an INTERNATIONAL border that should be secured by OUR federal government. THAT is their job! It would be nice to get some help from the Feds with this 1300 miles of INTERNATIONAL border that Texas shares with Mexico.
Give some suggestions.
Uh, he was a Yell Leader at Texas A&M. It's fundamentally different from a cheerleader.
Thank you for that information.
A nice looking West Texas boy a couple of years from graduation.
Rick Perry 1969 TX A&M Yearbook, Aggieland
Perry attended Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and one of A&M's five yell leaders (a popular Texas A&M tradition analogous to male cheerleaders). He interned with the Southwestern Company during the summer time as a door-to-door book salesman where he honed his communication skills. Perry graduated in 1972 with a degree in animal science. While at Texas A&M University Perry successfully completed a static line parachute jump at Ags Over Texas (a United States Parachute Association dropzone), the dropzone that was then in operation at Coulter Field (KCFD) in Bryan, Texas, just north of Texas A&M (in College Station, Texas).
Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force, completed pilot training and flew C-130 tactical airlift in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe until 1977. He left the Air Force with the rank of captain, returned to Texas and went into business farming cotton with his father.
In 1982, Perry married Anita Thigpen, his childhood sweetheart whom he had known since elementary school. They have two children, Griffin and Sydney. Source
Perry Awarding Iraqi Service Medals
Gov. Rick Perry participates in ceremonies at Camp Mabry to redesignate the 49th Armored Division as the 36th Infantry Division. The former 49th Armored Division, which consists of approximately 12,000 soldiers, makes up almost two-thirds of the Texas National Guard. The division's redesignation as the 36th Infantry Division is part of the Texas Army National Guard's transition from a heavy armored force to a more versatile infantry force.
Texas Gov. Perry receives a warm greeting from Ghazni Provincial Governor Dr. Usman Usmani at the flight line minutes after landing at Forward Operating Base Ghazni by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Perry led a delegation of four other governors to visit
Lt. Col. Thomas J. Kleis (R) briefs Texas Gov. Rick Perry (C) as Command Sgt. Maj. Peter P.A. Collins (L) listens on the intelligence gathering successes the 636th Military Intelligence Battalion has achieved during their last six months of duty in
Texas Gov. Rick Perry stands with Texas service members from the 636th Military Intelligence Battalion, 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and the 136th Military Police Battalion on July 20th under the Texas flag he presented to the 636th.
Rick Perry served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Texas A&M
Rank: Retired as a captain
Crew job: C-130 aircraft commander
Served in the Air Force: 1972 to 1977
Dyess AFB tour: March 4, 1974, to Feb. 28, 1977
His story: Way back before he was governor of Texas, Rick Perry had two choices as a young member of the Air Force.
He could either follow his dream and work toward becoming an instructor pilot in the sleek T-38, or he could fly the hulking C-130, planes that affectionately were referred to as "trash haulers" by Perry and his cohorts.
"It was one of the great adventures of my life," Perry said. "I had a fairly pedestrian life until I was 23 years old."
Perry could count on one hand the number of trips he had taken out of his home state by the time he graduated from Texas A&M University, but everything changed when he joined the Air Force.
Flying C-130s, Perry lived in Germany and Saudi Arabia. He flew in Central and South America, North Africa and all over Europe.
"I saw all of these different types of governments and I made the connections to how the people acted and looked, and it became abundantly clear to me that, at that particular point in time, that America was this very unique place and that our form of democracy was very rare," Perry said. " ... That was the greatest gift I received from my years of being in the military, and they really shaped my outlook on the rest of my life."
Perry retired from the Air Force in 1977 but not without one last adventure......
CITIZEN-LED PETITION DRIVES ARE THE ONLY WAY OUT.
Then give it a go.
Catfish you are so exactly correct.....
You joined a week ago to post that......you’re the phony...two words for you TROLL...one’s a verb the other a pronoun...
You need to clean up that tribute....he didn’t retire in 1977....he left Active Duty as a Captain... Big Difference...
I know. Someone helped with that explanation on another thread. But I'd be changing someone else's text. Maybe I'll just drop it off the text.
Go crawl back under your rock.
You have a point, but all those boards and commissions were not Perry’s making, we suffer from too many years of the likes of Ma Richards and dem controlled legislatures. Better to have them filled by a conservative.
Amazingly enough it shows you how few Perry bashers have served their country....otherwise they would have been all over that.... Keep up the good fight girl....I get tired of fooling with the brain deads...logic and facts have no place in their world. As I have posted before they are few in number but make lots of noise...much akin to the so called “gay” community....I usually refer to them with a different moniker. Have a Great 4th....up here next to the Red River I just looked and it was a 104....great for going out and throwing some dead meat on the grill....=s=
LBJ was never Governor. He was a part of the lock-step solid dem majority in the legisature who did not do right by Texas. Lyndon had a hundred years of dems running everything, i.e. Yeller Dog dems.
Perry nor any other Pubbie Gov. had the loaded deck like Lucky Lyndon.
This is an excellent article and provides a counter to the oft-quoted mantra here at FR that “the TExas governor’s position is weak at best”
No I don’t know that.
I’m posting links and quotes from articles.
What kind of poster I am? I’m one who does research and reports the results of my research.
I’m not saying these articles are right. I’ll leave that up to others to decide for themselves.
I do know that you have been posting pro Perry articles all the time. Some people would think that articles like
“Perry Ties His Own Shoes, Shows Presidential Leadership”
aren’t necessary, but not you. You are on here, filling up freerepublic with your Perry spam, seemingly 8 hours a day.
That’s the kind of poster you are.
Perrys vaccination order still stoking fires
AUSTIN Blowback continued at the Capitol on Wednesday over Gov. Rick Perrys order mandating
that schoolgirls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease linked to cervical cancer.
Critics rip Perrys vaccine mandate
Governor rejects opponents calls to reverse order
AUSTIN Gov. Rick Perry stood firm Monday against a political firestorm generated by his
order that sixth-grade girls be inoculated against a sexually transmitted virus linked to cervical cancer.
Social conservatives from Texas to Washington called on Perry to reverse his order making
Texas the first state to require the vaccine, saying the mandate makes sex seem permissible
and that parents should be the ones to decide whether to immunize their daughters.
And several Texas lawmakers expressed outrage at Perry for circumventing the legislative process.
The vaccine, Gardasil, is manufactured by Merck, which was represented in Austin by the
lobbyist Mike Toomey, who was chief of staff for Mr. Perry from 2002 to 2004.