Saturday, September 19, 2009
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), long rumored to be on the “DL,” is locked in a tough primary challenge with another Texas queen, former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), left many local Hee Haws puzzled when he declared his state was recession proof.
“As a matter of fact, someone had put a report out that the first state that’s coming out of the recession is going to be the state of Texas. I said, ‘We’re in one?'”
Paul Burka of the Texas Monthly weighed in on Perry’s remark:
“This gaffe is going to stick. It will come back to haunt him in a campaign spot. If Hutchison can’t make something of it, the Democrats can. You cannot be callous and cavalier when people are losing their jobs and their homes. I don’t care how ideological the Republican base is. Unemployment in Texas just reached the 8% mark. Everybody knows someone who is suffering in these times. Everybody has lost part of their life savings. It could cost him the race.”