Skip to comments.Perry a No Show at Texas Wildfire Press Conference
Posted on 09/10/2011 9:52:54 PM PDT by nicmarlo
BASTROP, Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not show up as expected Saturday at a news conference convened by his office to brief reporters on the Texas wildfires. Perry aides, citing logistical issues, said the governor initially had been scheduled to appear at a location with restricted access.
The location was changed to an accessible spot, which was a burned-out home and chocolate shop along the main highway, and local officials briefed the media on the fire situation without him.
"He's in Austin," said Allison Castle, a spokeswoman for the governor, in response to a flurry of questions about Perry's whereabouts after the briefing. The governor did not go to Bastrop today, she added.
Another Perry spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said: By the time we nailed down a second location we wouldnt be able to get the governor there in time without making everybody wait."
Local and state officials appeared at the briefing to provide an update on a state voucher program that allows displaced residents to stay in hotels, in advance of the arrival of federal aid. Nearly 1,400 homes were destroyed in the Bastrop blaze, making it the most destructive fire in state history. Texas emergency management chief Nim Kidd also warned that as the brutal drought continues, fire danger across the state remains severe. "The next fire we have could be the worst one we've ever seen," Kidd said.
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Oh noooooooooos. I wonder where he was! I remember when they were looking for that South Carolina Governor.....
Prayers that he is ok and not hurt or anything.
Nothing in the article, or a video report I saw earlier that anything was wrong with him, but it’s very odd, I think.
Unlike Clinton, who made everyone wait; or Bambi "it's all about me me me".
God bless the folks in Bastrop, and everyone affected by the fires.
Yeah...they said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, when in fact, he was nailing Argentinian Tail.
KXAN-Perry a no show at presser
He was in Austin. I think he still is.
The location of the press conference was changed at the last minute and the governor wasn't able to get there at the start time. They didn't want to make people wait.
In California they turned away skill fireman because they didn’t have a truck that was a pumper/sprayer.
What was the high temp today? That would be something to consider in making people wait.
The video indicates that the reports, who were also in Austin, made it in plenty of time to the switched location. it took them 30 mins. from Austin to the new location. “Which begs the question, why could the governor not make it as well?”
It’s probably better he didn’t show up, those folks have their hands full with the fires.
Perry can do them more good staying out of their way and doing what he can to get them whatever they need.
reports = REPORTERS
Not sure what the high was in Austin, but we’re all hitting in the mid to upper 90s this weekend, so they’re in that range.
You suppose Perry’s in Argentina with a lover?
That is what I read and saw on the news as well.
LOL - right?
Somehow, I don't think Perry's going to be doing any mysterious disappearing acts these days.