Governor Don't Care
Book tour plans and talk of partial term
By Richard Whittaker,
4:54PM, Mon. Nov. 1, 2010
As chunks of the capitol press corps were jetting (literally) around the state with Gov. Rick Perry on his campaign plane, the Republican incumbent dropped two what-really-should-be-bombshells.
First, the Associated Press reported that, as soon as the election is over, Perry will be taking off on a national book tour for his delayed tome Fed Up! (complete with forward by Newt Gingrich.) Democratic challenger Bill White responded with the same kind of stunned disbelief that hit Newsdesk: "Staging a self-promoting book tour in the face of a crisis?"
White's Campaign spokesperson Katy Bacon added, "Only a relentlessly self-promoting, 25-year career politician could dream of launching a book tour three months before what will be the most important legislative session in decades as Texas faces down a $25 billion budget deficit."
If that wasn't enough, then Perry tells the San Antonio Express-News that he may not serve a full term as governor. He did rule out a presidential run (let's see if that sticks) but didn't give much more reasoning for why he'd be heading out early.
Somehow, the idea that Part-Time Perry wouldn't finish the job isn't that surprising, but to announce that less than a week before the elections goes beyond audacious.
Now some would say that it's just confidence inspired by recent polling. But let's hang on a minute. This is the same governor that just had one of his campaign YouTube accounts suspended for multiple copyright violations. We contacted Google about this, and they issued this statement.
YouTube suspends user accounts for repeated claims of copyright infringement. In each case, the user is notified of a strike on their account. A copyright strike can be resolved if the user submits a counter-notification and prevails in that process. Fraudulent claims of copyright infringement may also result in account suspension.That's not the only Internet video faux pas his campaign committed recently. On Friday, the Perry people released a Spanish-language voter education video telling Hispanic Texans that "beginning today you can vote early." The slight problem? Friday was the day early voting ended. Not began. Ended.
Of course, let's not ignore the looming deficit: Because ignoring it is Perry's job. Not only has he accused House Appropriations Committee Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, of pulling the state's then-$18 billion deficit out of thin air (it's now closer to $24 billion), but he has pointedly resisted requests from Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, for a fresh revenue estimate.
Accurate voter information? Prepping for the next session? Not breaking copyright law? Finishing out your term? P'ah. That's for other people.