Skip to comments.Perry’s system of patronage and cronyism
Posted on 09/21/2011 3:14:29 PM PDT by Nachum
Mitt Romney may not be Texas Gov. Rick Perrys biggest problem. The nonprofit group Texans for Public Justice, a good-government foundation that has been keeping tabs on him for years, may claim that title. Its Web sites homepage features a quote from its Crony Capitalism report: As Texas Governor Rick Perrys influence at the RGA increased over the past five years the political finances of both the governor and the Governors Association skyrocketed. The RGA raised a record $216.9 million during the Perry years between January 2006 and June 30, 2011.
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Plus it is so FAST AND FURIOUS
Rubin is a Mittens sycophant. She has the gall to call out Perry while she supports the biggest Progressive, pro Abortion, socialized medicine loving, Man-made Global Warning believer running. Stuff it Compost. You are an irrelevant Commie rag and your writers are hacks.
Go the link, it’s an article you’ll appreciate.
Fast and Furious?
I need a BEER SUMMIT to think about it.
Let the games begin.
Enter Sarah, let Mittens, Perry and Palin fight it out.
“The RGA raised a record $216.9 million during the Perry years “
Barack Obama raises a billion and he’s a Godsend.
Nary a peep about the unions, trial lawyers, green energy suckups, liberal interest groups, all pushing thier agendas.
Perry raises $200 million and he’s the worst politician ever.
“Rubin is a Mittens sycophant.”
Yes, we are noticing. Romney supporters in the elites have been the most negative on Perry. This stuff is just enabling the Obama narrative. This is about making Perry ‘unelectable’ so we have to ‘settle’ for Romney.
or maybe the post is just ACTING STUPIDLY
The Republican Party is ramping up a campaign against President Obama based on accusations that companies like LightSquared and Solyndra represent an epidemic of favoritism and misuse of the taxpayers money. They argue that as government expands, the opportunities for legalized bribery increase, and those same beneficiaries then become advocates for an ever-growing government. How is Perry supposed to talk about that during the campaign, should he get the nomination? Moreover, does his style of governance represent the Tea Party ethos or the worst of old-style government? Perry better have good answers to these or hell find himself the target of the bases wrath, not its affection.
Jennifer Rubin and Michelle Malkin have something in common. They’re both working to undermine the Perry campaign.
Rubin with her columns and Malkin on the Sean Hannity Show’s. Romney couldn’t ask for two better supporters.
“I created 40% of all jobs in America since Zero became President, I’ll get America back to work too”
Texas has crucial EVs for 2012
Actually I’m more amused by the desperate attacks on the messenger but nothing that proves the message to be false. And I thought only liberals behaved this way but it seems to be a common theme among perry supporters.
You are right about the PK's, they never try to counter his problems or issues with facts or debate, they just attack anyone who brings them up.
Call me crazy but I think moral voters are important to rebuilding America.
Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 09/21/2011
Who is really leveling cronyism charges at Perry?
By Marc Thiessen
That’s not so crazy, it’s a foundational principle. Reagan understood that better than any president in our lifetime.
Can you imagine the screeching that would ensue if an AIG chief executive (Hank Greenberg) were to host a fundraiser for Obama?
In Perry’s case I hear nothing but crickets.
That’s the thing we fought back with facts and still do when the need arises.
I think you may be hearing the PerryKrishna chants.............:-)
If he was not it behooves you to research the validity of the charge rather than attack the messenger.
I would call in “Rationalization into Buffoonery”
I agree with you. Palin is another opportunist. Her support of Bachmann's Gardasil attacks showed poor judgment. Can't blame Palin for her attitude, however. After the left trashed Palin and her family for 3 years, she has come back with a vengeance and righfully so.
There are many who STILL await Saint Palin's announcement if she is running or not. All with the hope that it will set a course to save conservatism, the GOP and the nation all at the same time. LOL
Seriously. If it boils down to Obama v Palin, I'd take Palin. But I'd rather have someone like Rick Perry. He has been governing for 11 years, elected three times and is well respected among GOP governors. Both McDonnell and Jindel have endorsed Perry at this early date. That's encouraging.
To all the Perry detractors, I'm still waiting for them to name one major candidate that has run for the GOP nomination over the last 23 years with a better conservative executive governing record then Rick Perry.
So far all I've heard is, crickets.
Just a reminder from 2008
top AIG recipients for the 2008 campaign
1. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., $103,100
2. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., $101,332
3. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., $59,499
4. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., $35,965
5. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., $24,750
6. Former Gov. Mitt Romney, (R) Pres $20,850
7. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., $19,975
8. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn, $19,750
9. Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., $18,500
10. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R) Pres $13,200
11. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., $12,000
12. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., $11,000
Whatever it is, it’s not good.
Perry is not on the list. Did I sound enough like a PK?
That is quite a list, interesting to note the three (R)'s
Bryan Preston, who is an undisclosed Perry acolyte, at Pajamis Media, has issued his defense of Perry. His defense is to slam the Texans for Justice in Politics rather than take on the specific allegations, allegations which have been collaborated by second and third sources.
In fairness, TPJ does have some unsavory ties.
Could a journalist simply do more than jump into a reflexive defense mode for Perry and do the tough work of challenging the merits of the allegations?
I posted a link and a correct title.
Where did I attack?
This is getting fun. Try this one on for size:
“Longtime aide a key link between contributor and Perry”
Whoa! Good-government? WTF is that?? My bullshit detector just railed.
You’re crazy!!!!! ;)
100% correct. I’m actually enjoying Malkin’s deep dive into Perry’s record.
She is supposedly a “conservative” pundit on the Washington Post roster. But, oddly enough, she spends most of her time bashing social conservatives.
Never trust a former labor lawyer.
Perry's pay-for-play cronyism while Texas' governor will take one of the issues on which Obama is most vulnerable off the table. Dems will be cranking out endless variations on this type of stuff every time Solyndra and LightSquared are brought up: http://messageboards.aol.com/aol/en_us/articles.php?boardId=535768&articleId=753038&func=6&channel=Member+Guided+News&filterRead=false&filterHidden=true&filterUnhidden=false
There's a lot of this stuff out there; google "Perry pay-to-play" for a look at the turds bubbling up from the cess pool.
I agree. But leave the republican field alone unless you declare or don’t. If she declares then she can hammer away but also face the rebuttal. If she says she’s out she can say all she wants and get paid. As of now she just looks like an opportunist and I don’t care much for it.
She’s got help.
Honestly, Freepers get tons of stuff discovered before anyone else. I always come here first. :)
Everyone deserves to know "Texans for Public Justice" takes money from George Soros, as well as the other connections they have.
Shouldn't a journalist simple do more than jump into reflexive "gotcha" mode and do the tough work of investigating the merits of "allegations" by a partisan watchdog?
We need more specifics, not just generalized innuendo. Saying a governor is a good fundraiser for his governor's association isn't much.
I’m sure the Texans for Public Justice are very concerned about Rick Perry.
Calling TPJ or Texans for Public Justice simply a “watchdog group” is absolutely misleading. They are a front group for Democrats, funded by frivolous lawsuit loving trial lawyers
(AUSTIN, TX) Texans for Public Justice calls itself a non-partisan watchdog group that focuses on political campaign contributions in Texas, but the only contributions publicly reported on their 2005 tax filing came from some of those big political campaign contributors they claim to be monitoring — personal injury trial lawyers.
TPJ has long refused to disclose their funders, but their 2005 tax report reveals that three high-profile personal injury trial lawyer firms Baron & Budd and Silber Pearlman, LLP in Dallas and Williams Bailey, LLP in Houston — gave a total of $50,000 dollars to the organization last year, almost a third of the total organizational budget. TPJ did not report the source of the additional $107,000 in contributions they collected.
If properly vetting a candidate winds up undermining support for that candidate, I'd say that them's the breaks.
I can understand that it's got to sting, seeing the missteps of ones' favored candidate being aired in public, but it's a necessary part of the electoral process in a free republic.
Some of the things being revealed may be unpalatable to us, but as long as they're factual (and not manufactured), it's vital that we familiarize ourselves with that information in order to make an informed choice down the road.
And lest you get the wrong idea, I'm not looking for any candidate to be 100% perfect. We'll never see that candidate in our lifetimes. We do, however, have to know the extent of every candidate's pluses and minuses.
Gee, you're really making me want to support Rick Perry for president .. NOT.
Hey that’s just how I see it. Doesn’t make it so but imagine Newt working for Fox trashing the nominees all the while contemplating running
Yep. It's pretty hard to miss the dearth of any counter arguments or debunking data, thus far on the thread.
Fact One: Perry has a less than stellar record on issues that conservatives care about.
Fact Two: Bringing his less than conservative record to light, or attempting to discuss it, brings forth howls of anger and protest from some of his supporters.
Fact Three: That reaction isn't drawing any new supporters to Perry's camp.
I'm not saying that Perry's shortcomings are even necessarily final deal-breakers for most conservatives, but those shortcomings ought to be confronted calmly and intelligently, so that our side completely understands who we may be getting as a potential nominee.
Perry has been vetted for years. He was elected three times as Governor of Texas and has served honorably for 11 years. Over that time frame I've read all the relevant and outstanding news items about Perry. In recent weeks I've seen a lot of frivolous posts personally attacking Perry. Along with innuendo, rumor and gossip but nothing that would disqualify him from being the GOP nominee or potus.
So save you preachy condescension for someone who gives a rats ass.
By who? You? Well, bully for you, pal. The rest of the nation has little idea who this guy really is, and would like to examine his entire record, if you don't mind.
So save you preachy condescension for someone who gives a rats ass.
You see, that's exactly the sort of nasty response that is giving you Perry supporters a bad name. I didn't attack Perry. I didn't attack you. I even went so far as to say that his negatives might not even be final deal-breakers for most conservatives, but that wasn't good enough for you. You insist on making this personal.
Way to drum up support for your candidate, sport.
Aside from her one outburst about Perry's crony capitalism, I wouldn't say that she's "trashing" the other candidates. She may be expressing disappointment with the field as a whole, but that doesn't equate to direct attacks, in my view.
That said, I can see how you could draw that conclusion from how she's playing the game. If I had my druthers, she'd cancel her contract with Fox now, and use other media to get her points across.
I’m reaching the sad conclusion that most “conservatives” talk a big game about wanting to clean up government but talk is a lot cheaper than action.
I finally get acknowledgement about the AIG chief hosting a fundraiser for Perry and then an explanation that everybody does it so its not worth worrying about. (but they sure as heck worried about money AIG gave to Obama, McCain, Romney and others)
Hate to say it but the destruction of America won’t only be on the heads of liberals. All I can do is look out for my own soul and I will face my maker knowing that I at least tried to save America and played no further role in her destruction.
>>>>>I am all for vetting every candidate on every major issue and on the decisions and the votes they made. So are most conservatives and so is Rick Perry. Vetting is not the issue.
If you want to engage in preachy condescension, expect to be called on it. Nothing nasty about it. Besides, its candidate Perry who is going to change opinions about him and get him more supporters. Not me. The charges of so-called crony capitalism being leveled at Perry are bogus.